Not Syria – It is About Syrious Repercussions

Since there is a huge debate on what actually transpired, My two penny take away from the episode. Thanks to a couple of my friends who summarized an Eventful day.

Red lines are my Two-penny opinion


Pujya Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji ’s approach

Souhard se dono samuday paas aye. Mandir bhi bane aur masjid bhi bane thodi door.

On why Ram Mandir should be built:

Ayodhya is not place of faith for Muslims. Islam does not allow worship at a disputed site. We cannot make Lord Rama to be born in another place. This is a golden opportunity for communities to cement their good relationship. Some people are opposing. They want this problem to be alive. We don’t want one more conflict. Sensible people agree on this. In the 10 lakh temples of the country, all the Imams could be invited and honored. Similarly they would honour the priests,

Isn’t this vision of Sri Sri, the core of Sanatana Dharma?  Isn’t Sri Sri is creating space and opportunity for both communities to celebrate.

On why Sri Sri is mediating:
Every responsible citizen should be involved in the issue which concerns the society, why should a spiritual leader like Sri Sri not be involved? He is respected as a neutral party by ppl on all sides. He has no vested interest but only the interest of nation at heart. If any one can, it is only Towering personality like Him who can.

The court said that you sit together and move the issue, which was sidelined. I am not looking for any credit, I am ok to put those who are looking for credit in the forefront. I am not here for credit or for insult. I don’t need political support in this, because i am speaking with people.
The judiciary would be the happiest if the issue is solved out of court, its a burden for them to solve this issue in court. kisi ne mujhe ye nahi kaha AOL shuru karo. Waise hi ye bhi apni prerna se kar rahe hain

On creating common buildings like hospitals

ASI has proved that this is Birth place of lord Ram. The disputed site has no religious significance for the other people. By and large The Muslim community is large hearted and they have supported Sri Sri’s initiative in large numbers. For the sake of peace and unity in the country lets work to make a win win situation for all.

On possible future scenarios

  1. Land goes to Hindus, Muslims will feel defeated and their faith in judicial system will be shaken. Bitterness will increase. (Hasn’t this been proven so many time over – Shaking of faith is the minimum, on the contrary there would be hatred and opposition to the implementation too – Shah Bano,, Triple Talaq etc are proof enough)
  2. Land goes to Muslims, there will not be any peace. Do you think they will allow Ram Lalla to be taken from the premises? Do you think such a judgement will be implemented? Quran injunction says, no Namaaz can be offered at a place of conflict. So nobody will offer prayers there. Will it not be a case where I relish denial of a facility to someone even if I don’t get it?
  3. If Allahabad Court decision is repeated, then a Hindu temple and Mosque will be built. This is continue the fear of conflict forever. After 50 and 100 years, there will still be a chance for conflict

On opposition to his mediation:
Kehne wale bohot kuch kahenge. Bohot logon ka astitva sangharsh par hai. Kuch log bhadkaav bhashan pe hi vishwas karte hain. Unpe desh nahi chal sakta. Desh aman chahta hai.
Gurudev ko kichad uchalne walon ki parva nahi karni chahiye.

Always there will be some people who would like to create disturbance in the country. There are just a few people who do not see sense, or even they see sense they are not agreeing because of their personal gains.


Here is what Pujya Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi ji says about Ayodhya Ram Temple Resolution. Out of court is the only way – Any solution from the Political Class or throught courts will end up in difficulties for both sides


For the records – Here are the Tweet clarifications from Gurudev Sri Sri (Personally I felt it is not required, because either way they would twist) Click on the screenshot to read the original tweet on Twitter.

LIVE IT UP!Responsibly

Hey Dude Vishnu

WELCOME TO THE CLUB

You can now formally Vote, Drive, Buy yourself a drink and cigarettes and enter into contracts as an individual – and do much more. Happy 18 and a Warm welcome to Adulthood!!! It was a blissful and successful journey so far! And I wish it would only be sweeter and better for the next 18 and beyond. And knowing you I am pretty sure it would just be as good or better than what it can get.

Though I had a big list of Do’s and Don’ts lined up, I save the sermons (and leave it to Amma to do the honors) I rather you be adventurous (just as you always were), make your own mistakes (pray it is never a costly one), take a call on things (hope it is always right). I firstly wish you never got old – As I tell many entrants, ADULTHOOD IS A TRAP! But hell No! It is not a trap. You lived the life so far to get there. It is not what generally everyone hypes you into believing. It is just as sweet or bitter as any other phase of life – just what you make it. It is much like riding a tiger (but a real one). Many have been there and done it. I wonder what the hype was all about.

Time to tell you what you mean to all of us – It wouldn’t not be a birthday cliche to say you are COOL! Literally man, taking it easy – so easy as if you were drinking a glass of water. If anyone can pick a characteristic and copy from you it is this nature of yours – to remain unperturbed, come what may! That was and is a BIG something for a sub-18 and I pray that nature of yours would remain with you forever. Not to forget the love and care that you have in abundance – unexpressed but unabashedly given.

Never forget to spend some time on your music – it adds a lot of pleasant notes to your life.  Make the adulthood a beautiful and lovely one, not just for you but for everyone around you. I still remember the moment on this day 5 years back (28th January 2013) when we saw that you couldn’t be in better hands. Thanks a million and ever grateful to Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji who has taken you under His umbrella of Grace very early in your life. I repeat what I said that day, VALUE of this picture would become more evident to you when you find to rewind and reflect on your life and realise that YOU INDEED ARE BLESSED! With His blessings and grace, I am sure the journey is going to smooth and enjoyable – you will be bestowed with enough strength to take the jabs that world takes, on your chin, learn and move on

With Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji of Art of Living

Finally, as I stand shoulder to shoulder, I continue to rely on your sagely advice (yeah, you were never short of that) and for strength that both of you have always been.

Happy Birthday Young Handsome Man. Hope you have a great one

On your birthday and beyond – My song for you dearest young man, friend and SON! (saved this for today, ever since I saw this for the first time)

NGT – Not Good Try Again

What does one do, when they go out of circulation and unnoticed for a long time? Piggy back on to something/someone popular – Exactly what NGT seem to be trying to implement to perfection these days. After their unwarranted and vengeful attempt to defame and derail  World Culture Festival, during which they were exposed by their own Expert Panel with Observations that cannot even be categorised as Amateurish, the recent “Selective” targeting of the Art of Living’s  Temple of Knowledge by the EKW Management Authority (EKWMA) comes in handy for them. Who better to piggy back than world renowned Spiritual Master & Guru of Joy Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji, the founder of Art of Living.

Since I am in the know about some facts and background of this project, thought this should be recorded here. Here we go…

First up, every single legal norms warranted by all concerned regulatory authorities has been complied with by the Vaidic Dharma Sansthan Trust of the Art of Living in respect of the Temple of Knowledge Project  

On Oct 25, 2017, Kolkata NGT, ordered the demolition of the Temple of Knowledge (ToK) – the structure owned by the Vaidic Dharma Sansthan (VDS) Trust by relying upon an order passed by the East ​Kolkata Wetlands Authority on the previous day i.e 24 October 2017, UNILATERALLY without even serving the same to VDS for it to deal with it legally. VDS has come to know of the said order of EKWMA through the Media. Basic premise and process of Natural justice is to afford an opportunity to all parties or atleast keep affected parties informed. Especially since VDS has all records and FACTS to prove that the order of EKWMA’s order is legally Void and Erroneous – which is well known to EKWMA and the NGT – (Was it the reason to go ahead and issue the order almost surreptitiously?)

It is pertinent to note here that the plot of the Trust has been categorised under the schedule to the East Kolkata Wetlands (Conservation and Preservation) Act 2006, as one in which Rural and Urban Settlement was allowed. The structure of the Trust was therefore perfectly legal and valid.

A cursory drive past would reveal existence of more than a thousand private and ​commercial projects, schools, colleges in the wetland area. Why is it that a Not for Profit Charitable ToK, VDS & Art of Living being singled out – Vendetta?

Let it be known that when the construction of the ‘Temple for Knowledge’ began, a group of volunteers started it based on the sanction plan given to VDS by the donor. The East ​Kolkata Wetlands Management Authority was not even functional then. VDS had obtained all required permissions from regulatory departments.

It is in this context that Selectively ToK building which is for the public good been ordered to be razed down. I hope VDS trust won’t let itself to be bullied by these kind of over-reach and use of discretionary powers and move higher court against this arbitrary order of EKWMA and NGT.

Some pictures of permanent structures existing in the same area where the Trust has been singled out.

View of Wetlands and Structures on it
Structures that has been spared
A view from the Under Construction ToK
Temple of Knowledge Building

NOTE: This rebuttal could have well been provided to the Media who had published the report, but it would be sending more hits to their portal which I don’t wish to do. A responsible media would have first sought Art of Living/VDS Trust’s reaction before they went to town with a one sided reportage.

Additional Reading: This is by no means an attempt to say Two wrongs don’t make a right. But to put things in perspective – Witch hunting (for reasons that is anyone’s guess) a legally cleared and permitted Not-For-Profit Organisation while commercial activities goes unchecked.

  1. In a meeting on July 14, the first of the reconstituted authority chaired by Chatterjee, the newly constituted EKWMA committee (this committee was created by the Government just to bull doze decisions on the Authority) made a series of decisions which, environmentalists allege, have formalised encroachment within the wetlands. This sitting cleared several Government Project (In-Principle approvals).A five kilometre flyover which will see 146 piers constructed within eight water bodies in the core of the Ramsar site is not a danger? Also note this has come post establishment of the authority unlike ToK which was much before.  Click on the picture below for details.

    Wastewater is released into the Kolkata wetlands at the Bantala Lock Gate
  2. A 5 km long flyover over the wetland – WB Government cared two hoots to the concerns raised.
  3. Clearance for dumping of City”s Solid waste (yes! You read it right) – Though this has been resisted, Minister Chatterjee has been very vocal with this demand.
  4. Two roads that would definitely damage and adverserly affect the Wetlands.
  5. This committee has allowed the Meghnath Saha Institute of Technology to procure land outside the wetland area and turn it into a water body (this was expressly banned by the authority and now overturned by this Committee)
  6. As evident from the pictures above, huge skyscrapers are also being permitted brazenly and the Authority nor the NGT seem to be bothered.
  7. There are reports that there is rampant and illegal sale of Wetlands (and on August 15th 2017, there was even violence between two parties including firing due to differences in sharing the spoils)