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‘Soft, bold approach to tackle terrorism’

Art of Living guru favours dual policy



Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

HYDERABAD: A dual policy that mixes a ‘soft and bold’ approach was needed to tackle the menace of terrorism, spiritual master and founder of Art of Living Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said here on Sunday.

In an interaction with the media, he suggested bold measures including ‘strong legislations and implementation of the same’ to counter terrorist activities on one hand and at the same time putting in place soft measures such as ‘educating and creating better conditions’ to check them.

Asked about violence in parts of Orissa and the issue of religious conversions, he advocated respect for all religions and described conversions as a big problem.

“Zealots ask you to condemn one and convert to another. It is not good,” he said.

Instead of blaming one and appreciating another, one can honour all, he said.

On globalisation and changing values, he said cultures change but that should not result in leaving the good and embracing the bad. There was a time when only children were orphaned but now even parents were not taken care of by their children and becoming orphans.

“There is a need to bring a shift in the mindset,” he said.

Farmers were forced to commit suicide these days but the same was not the situation earlier. “It was not that there were no famines earlier, but the farmers did not end lives then,” he said.

A lack of a sense of belonging was creating the problem.

Art of Living had a programme to deal with the situation which was successful in Maharashtra and the same would be tried in the State, he said.

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