‘Gurus’ like Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Ramdev are a bad influence on society

Published: May 5, 2016

He has rejected the Nobel Peace Prize and declared that Pakistani teenager, Malala Yousufzai, was the wrong choice for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

Spirituality is no guarantee of salvation; it does not make you immune to the ordinariness of life. The yellow garb or white robe does not lift you from your prejudices and pettiness. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Ramdev, the popular spiritual gurus of India with a large following have proved this point.

Their conduct establishes how they have made spirituality a business, a resource that is exploited to get closer to political power. They use their support base as a constituency to strike a bargain with the ruling class and indulge in political brinkmanship.

A spiritual guru is normally silent and maintains distance from the worldly affairs. They ooze an aura that is a by-product of their abstinence from pleasure and mundane activities of the world. For them king and commoners are the same.

However, the modern day gurus defy this textbook definition. These ‘spiritual’ gurus are mere flesh and blood; they’re reflections of all the ills of temptation and attention that come with being human.

How else can you explain the conduct of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the spiritual guru and founder of the ‘Art of Living’ (AOL)?

This project teaches people how to de-stress and find ways to live a happier life. However, the guru’s latest comments seem to indicate that he is quite stressed. News reports claim that, on a trip to the drought affected district of Latur in Maharashtra, he has rejected the Nobel Peace Prize and declared that Pakistani teenager, Malala Yousufzai, was the wrong choice for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. Even though AOL denied the guru making any such statement a day later, the damage had already been done.

If you look at the website of AOL you will see all the awards he has gotten and how proudly he has listed them on the site. After Narendra Modi became India’s Prime Minister the guru was bestowed the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award in India.

Thus, his comment on the Nobel Peace Prize and Malala portrays a deep rooted prejudice and/or jealousy that should not belong to someone who teaches others the ‘Art of Living’. Not only that, he exposes a shallowness of his personality which really does not gel with the larger than life persona that he tries to exude.

A 14-year-old girl braved the Taliban in its own den and was harmed in the process; this is not a small achievement for a girl who lives in a dangerous zone. The Nobel for her might be a political decision, but it is no doubt recognition of her fight against the evil force.

On the other hand, Ravi Shankar comes across as a mean, divisive and political opportunist.

The very fact that he endorsed Modi’s candidature as the prime minister in the run up to 2014 elections illustrates the extent of his spirituality and humanity. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader built his political career by presiding over the death of hundreds of Muslims. He institutionalised religious polarisation and became symbol of division in the society. He never repented for the barbarity in 2002 that his government indulged in during the Gujarat riots. Modi as a prime minister continues to be the same character that he was in Gujarat. How can someone who seemingly promotes empathy, love, respect, and concern for human values endorse such a man?

By being in close proximity to Modi’s politics, he goes against the grains of his own teaching. The AOL founder’s political choice demonstrates how vacuous he is as a spiritual leader.

His spiritual hollowness and political opportunism was also exposed when at the World Cultural Festival that he organised recently in New Delhi, despite strong objection from environmentalists and concerned citizens. The venue he chose was the delicate riverbed of Yamuna River. Using his access to power, he bulldozed all opposition and organised the event at the venue, disregarding any sensitivity towards the environment and the people that reside there.

And he’s not the only one to go against his own practices. Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, an ardent supporter of the Hindu right wing and Modi, is now the owner of an Ayurvedic food beverage empire. In the last two years, his business has grown into a 5,000 crore rupees empire and is expected to cross 7,000 crore next year, rising as a tough challenge to international brands such as Nestle. This phenomenal growth has happened because of the political patronage he enjoys from the Modi regime.

No wonder he speaks the language of the ruling party.

On a recent occasion he said that he would chop off the head of those who don’t chant “Bharat Mata ki Jai” (hail India). Not long ago, Ramdev was a symbol of new awakening in yoga and people cutting across religious divides embrace him. By aligning with political power, he is now exploiting people’s trust in him, thereby, losing credibility.

The same depravity has dawned on Ravi Shankar. The followers that he built over the years are being used as a bargaining chip for political leverage. As a result, he is now more controversial, and divisive.

The larger problem, therefore, is that such gurus are a bad influence in society; they are corrupting people with their greed and political ambition. They are creating an ecosystem where profit and power are promoted as a pinnacle of one’s success. They are entrenching a belief that being unscrupulous and dishonest are forgivable traits.

These gurus are now more political than spiritual. They are the new age gurus, who are more worldly and opportunistic than their followers. They want name, fame, political power and recognition, but without changing their yellow or white robe.

Spiritual gurus are known to talk about and stand for all humanity. India has long tradition of saints and sufis, who sacrificed their lives for humanity. They spoke in a language that appealed to all, regardless of caste and creed. They acted as a voice of dissent and acted as conscience keepers of the society. They practised the simplicity they preached. But what is now apparent is that the new age gurus, like, Ravi Shankar and Ramdev, are spiritual depravities and deviances from the tradition. They use their so-called principles to generate a following, only to betray the loyalty of these admirers by using his influence for personal gains in the realms of politics, and business.

They surely don’t represent the asceticism and aura of the past, but the avarice and prejudices of today’s profiteers.


Sanjay Kumar

The author is a New Delhi based journalist covering South Asian and international politics.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Sunil

    We do not care what a secularist view is or not. But we have a good idea why this piece has been written. At least these guru’s are not training people to be back pack bombers !!!Recommend

  • Bairooni Haath

    Majority of Indians happen to think you are a bad influence on our societyRecommend

  • vinsin

    Same thing was done by Nehru,Jinnah, Indira Gandhi, Bhutto etc and none of them ever apologized. Also in riots Hindus also died. A spiritual guru is not normally silent and maintains distance from the worldly affairs. No saints or Sufi ever scarified their live for humanity except probably Teresa. Those are not new age but old fashioned Guru. India was always divided between Kafir and Muslims – author forgot Partition. Modi is not responsible for Indian Muslims vote for Partition.Recommend

  • Swaadhin

    Ones again, the author has proven that he is an ultra leftist who sees everything bad about anyone who flaunts his Hindu faith to the slightest extent.

    Why only Ravi Shankar and Ram Dev, why not Zakir Naik, the author and his likes do not have the guts to take on the Muslim extremists.Recommend

  • Kumar

    isn’t that for the society to decide? Just coz they do not conform to ur ideas of nobility it does not men they are not role models. Ramdev is a role model for many. Fact is he single handedly resurrected yoga in Indian middle class and look at the way he developed his own FMCG brand that clocked INR 5000 cr and will touch INR 10000cr Next year. Please do not be selective. Every human has a fallacy but that is not his/her defining trait.Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami

    Ramdev is not spiritual guru. He is yoga guru.Recommend

  • mohinder parmar

    There are many many such guru’s all over india. Every now and then these fake gurus are caught and jailed.But the problem is the poor education system, that encourages common people to seek short -cuts to achieve success in life and defeat the so called enemies.Through people these gurus become so powerful that they attracts politicians.These are just fake-fake people,that becomes all powerful because of illiteracy and ignorance .Only Education can eradicate this menace.Recommend

  • Blankspc

    so you found fault in gurus if they don’t say what you think. typical communist.
    Baba Ramdev by his patanjali yogpith giving free treatment to poor people.He is the person who popularize the once forgotten Indian yoga to masses.
    AOL through its numerous humanitarian project world over doing great work for humanity.Recently AOL involve in peace process between Columbian govt and left wing guerilla group.it involves in deradicalization of many Kashmir hard core terrorist.
    you know nothing about AOL and you came with your prejudice.

    These are the people whom world recognize by their work and that represent Indian soft power.And about noble prize he said when asked there are some many deserving people(like Abdul sattar Edhi )out there who do far more years humanitarian selfless work but no one gives them noble prize but a little girl got it.Recommend

  • Akhand Bharat

    Are you even real Mr. Author? You write such nonsense and then say intolerance. This article reflects your intolerance.

    Gurus are supposed to give a direction to mankind and society, not stay aloof from the world, those people are called sanyasis. Dronacharya or other gurus offered services to mankind and did their duties and so are these doing. Your wish to portray Sanatan dharma as aloof and unworldly will not hold any bearing upon anyone, even muslims can see through what you tried to do here.Recommend

  • Parvez

    Agree…….people like Sri Sri and Ramdev and we have others in Pakistan of the same ilk are in what I like to call ” the business of religion ” ……which is eons away from religion itself.Recommend

  • Salim Alvi

    Noble Prize is political prize. It is only given to those Mandelas who decide to join F52 (52 families) who own 85% of western wealth. It is not given to MohanBhai Gandhi since he was agitating for Swadeshi or self reliance for natives. That is why CA family man who was selected or chosen by this family, within one month of his occupying the White House.Recommend

  • tuk

    This from an Indian, I am in shock! You are a heck of a smart guy. Don’t get corrupted!Recommend

  • Cool Henry

    Lies and lies and lies….Modi was found innocent of any wrong doing the Supreme Court and even the UPA during it’s10 year rule tried it’s best to pin some or any blame on Modi. But, couldn’t. Modi is the best thing to happen to India in a looooooooong time. My gut tells me that a major source of your income that came thru backdoor shenanigans with the UPA govt. has now completely stopped and that’s caused you to stoop to peddling lies unashamedly and unabashedly.Recommend

  • Kolsat

    I do agree with the author that these so called gurus are too close to the politicians, too rich and are no longer in touch with common people.Recommend

  • harkol

    There are ‘spiritual gurus’ and then there are ‘spiritual entrepreneurs’. Sri Sri and Ramdev belong to second category.

    They have an spiritual business empire. They are hard nosed businessmen, for whom spirituality provides low-cost, tax free capital.

    True gurus do not build empires.

    Sri Sri Ravishankar has showed his pettiness in talking ill about Malala. He totally misses the point (as many others) as to why Malala won Nobel. Nobel peace prize isn’t just given to someone who does a lot of charity or work for poor. It is a ‘impact prize’. Nobels will makes it clear that the objective is to award persons who had best positive impact on universal ‘brotherhood’ of humans. I have no doubt Malala had such an impact, especially on young.

    So, Sri Sri showed he is nothing more than a jealous individual, incapable of understanding true nature of awards.

  • Bibloo

    Excellent article. by a distinguished author. In present day Hindustan,
    sadhus, gurus, swamis can now be compared to mullahs. Same quality
    quantity, different brand name. No difference. Same toxic hate borne of
    Here they come, the hindu trolls, and cyber warriors.Recommend

  • Test Test

    Another one of the Modi haters. He will talk about Gujarat riots but will not talk about the 70 odd pilgrims who were burnt to death within the train. He will talk about Hindu gurus who are very popular and who do more service to humanity than these people who write stuff for their congress, left and anti bjp political masters. They will not talk about the muslim clerics who spew hate from their mosques but will keep their tails between their legs when these clerics spew hate on other communities. No matter what these self called intellectuals who actually lack any intelligence talk about, BJP is here to stay and so are the gurus. These gurus may be businessmen but they atleast talk peace unlike these pseudo leftists whose only message is anti hinduism.Recommend

  • DudeFromDC

    So let me guess, anyone who expresses their thoughts freely but something to do with “minorities” are automatically extremist and bad influence? Really?Recommend


    Sri Sri is a respected Guru. He has resurrected may lives through his Spiritual thoughts. I fully endorse his statement that Malala doesn’t deserve Nobel prize. Rather she deserves a Bravery Award for standing upto Taliban. Nobel Prize must be hard earned. Kailash Satyarthi has been working since 1980 for Child Rights. His good work was not known to many in India until he received the received the award after 35 long years and that’s deserving.Recommend

  • Vectra

    I think Mr Ravishankar is right on Malala Noble prize,Malala is a brave girl no doubt about it but yes she has not contributed anything to society which can benefit the common human beings of this world to deserve a Noble Prize.

    If Malala came out alive after taking a bullet in her head then i am sure there are thousands of untold story of such kind of bravery in this world who too deserve the Noble PrizeRecommend

  • Salim Alvi

    Basic mistake we Indians make is treat Armed Legions which descended on India in last thousand years as Spiritual or Dharmic Panths like Vaishnava, Shaiva, Shakti, Jain, Boudh or Sikh. These one book, one prophet, one khilafa, one pope or one Kaamred Chairman are at best political ideologies, they in fact are designed and developed by enslaving imperialists. After enslaving the natives, making them rootless parasites they institute rewards to select “useful idiots” among the enslaved natives and honor them with some rewards like noball prize, Magsaysay etc.. They used Albabian idiot Teresa to fool Bangalis and Indians after killing 3 Millions of them in artificial famine in 1943. If she had worked in Albania, she could have saved millions of her native brothers and sisters from criminality, prostitution and drugs. Instead she chose to come to India to convert and make native rootless parasite. Her so called charity made millions by collecting donations from crooks and criminals like Keating and Niel Bush.Recommend

  • Mate from Australia

    So expressing a candid opinion about Noble prize process without undermining Malal’s effort according to you makes Sri Sri Ravishankar and Ramdev bad influence to society…We can Only laugh off at your ignorance, arrogance and intolerance..Cheap publicity stunt…You got it…Oh by the way I am neither a follower of Sri Sri R nor Ramdev but definitely your comments show your jealousy towards these men who are doing great work for society.Recommend

  • siesmann

    Malala-bashers won’t understand !!!Recommend

  • siesmann

    Gurus need to heal themselves first !Recommend

  • FactCheck

    Not only Gurus but Mullah, Preist, Rabbi are all bad influences, As far as I am concerned, they are all lazy people who don’t work for living but wants to live as kings by cheting people.

    They have the best scam/ponzy scheme going. They sell heaven, virgins, and salvation after death which, no human is ever has verified or are able to verify.Recommend

  • sato

    Quotes relating this article by another Indian who makes lot of sense,and his name is UG Krishnamurti:[They are a bunch of exploiters, thriving on the gullibility of the people][A messiah is the one who leaves a mess behind him in this world][Gurus play a social role, so do prostitutes]These modern mentioned gurus are much better than Gandhiji,who was no different from Yoga master Modiji,with more Muslim blood on his hands,but he had lot of fun with his young secretaries in the name of Bharamachariyism,and even Nehru would be irritated by him,when just for a cup of milk,how many servants had to work on a goat before dawn,travelling in 3rd class train,but all chartered,and so much I love about these ‘spiritual terrorists’ I love Indian mentalityRecommend

  • Srinivasulu Mekala

    Frankly speaking this choice of Nobel Peace Prize shared by Ms Malala and my country man whose name I do not know was baffling. Recommend

  • abhi

    I think biggest bad influence is Karl Marx.Recommend

  • shiva iyer

    Hahahahha! I think Sanjay knows what a Guru is… by his definition. If I understand correctly by his statement:A spiritual guru is normally silent and maintains distance from the worldly affairs. They ooze an aura that is a by-product of their abstinence from pleasure and mundane activities of the world. For them king and commoners are the same.

    This is the height of writing about something when you know nothing.

    In India, if Krishna and Rama are born now, how this guy Sanjay will write. I wonder. Sanjay will have an article everyday on Krishna. Then also you will not be to finish… Guru is not what you think dear Sanjay. Probably, ya, ignorance need no comments.

    Secondly, FYI, Saudi gave highest award to Modi. Where Mecca exists. You can see map.

    Thirdly, Kings protect Indian was of living and supported existing of ashramas and vedic system for global welfare. Now just imagine Sonia and Congress – India will be demolished by the abrahamic thinkers who dont know what is peace – fighting for 2000 years converting others.

    You got a pen. Please feel free to write what comes to you.. Want to hear few more from you…Recommend

  • SkepticalFaraz

    Its not about religion….we just dont like Gujaratis, Marathis, Bengalis, South Indians, Andra Pradeshians and other ethnicities that make up most of India. To Pakistanis you are foreigners except for Punjabis….just leave us alone…If the British had never come to the sub-continent there would be no such thing called India.. There would be a country made up of Punjabis, Kashmiri and Pashtuns and Himachali people ruled by Sikhs. British defeated the Sikhs in the anglo-sikh war to create India. ..leave us alone.Recommend

  • neil

    Another hate filled lies. He made no such statements. Can u prove it with video he did? When he already said he made no such statement. We also Knw how media lies and spreads rumour just to fulfill their agenda 2. Sri Sri was the mediator between congress and anti curruption activist anna Hazare protest in congress rule. Does that make him congress agent? – the sikhs riots doer, communal, forced sterlization,emergency imposing facist Congress guy ? Nope. Also the statement is not wrong.. Thousands of children get shot and survive in somalia etc by boko haram, Middle East syria by isis. None of those children got nobel just for being shot and surviving. Malala journey of fighting against injustice started post her recieving nobel not prior when she was normal school going girl..with Unfortunate incident. Nobel is to be given to those people who have made credible work in their field. But Nobel is political obama got it for peace when he did war, malala got for being shot..when millions get shot.. And u comparing such political awards with genuine ones he recieved (mentioned on is site) is stupid. 3. He is not prejudiced..had he been he wudnt have done work shops in Iraq , middle East war torn countries suffered people help them heal with good thoughts, meditation, yoga. He would have attended one worlds unity cultural function inviting all religious heads and countries. It’s you who are prejudiced and congi ..who will find issues in everything. And if u don’t find one..u will create one..like thisRecommend

  • Nasser

    Indians just don’t accept the criticism and their wrongdoing. Comments above are bundicative of this. It is only because their misplaced sense of high moral ground which in truth is the lowest .Recommend

  • Nasser

    Salutations to Sanjay…for speaking the truth and only the truth. Obviously this will not go down well with the majority of commentators here but this doesn’t make any difference. As an Indian and as a Muslim I feel proud that majority (69%) of the country is fair …secular …and possess all such viryued which make India great. There may be problems for the other 69% for the time being but the days of 31% will be shorter in the long run.Recommend

  • Bharatiya British

    Mr. Author…Objectively reading your write up will get 1 mark out of 10 and that too for only for the effort of writing…There is no factual information only your opinion based on your imagination and prejudices which dare only attack anyone who follows Santana Dharma as you dare not have guts to write about your similar imagination of followers of Islam…i can bet regarding pseudo secular writers like your breed in India these days…Promoting your own following and Respecting other following is what makes Secular. Your imaginative attack on Sri Sri and Ramdev clearly puts you in pseudo secular category.Recommend

  • Amit

    Mr. Sanjay, do you even know the amazing things that Sri Sri has done/enabled through his foundation and work? Do you even have a iota of idea of how many people across the globe have been uplifted and inspired to work for society?

    Its people like you who are a bad influence to society.

    Stop trying to misguide the people of this work. Have some conscience and stop this stupidity, please!Recommend

  • kamala S

    About 5000 years ago , when Krishna was physically available
    on this planet only few recognized him . But for others He was just a normal
    person . And Today we worshiped him as Lord Krishna. So Now Taking Sri
    Sri & Ramdev , I can say what
    important is their intention and purpose of doing ? Are they doing it for own
    good or for the society ? Both are un married & both have taken sanyas in
    their early age . Don’t have any
    personal commitment . Sri Sri started Art
    of living in 1983 , And today orgainsation has spread its wings in more than
    155 counteries . How it got expanded so much with millions and millions of
    followers . With Bad intention nobody can reach so high . Same with Ramdev also
    . Before criticizing any body we should Look at their contribution to the society . We
    need to do so homework before writing, otherwise it just medium of spreading venom
    and negativity .

    How many followers this author have ? Nobody become
    followers simply unless he has got benefited . Look at the contribution of Both the spiritual gems of the India.

    I am not a follower of any Guru ….But spiritual by Birth !!Recommend

  • kamala S

    Leave Mr Ravishankar , I am saying Giving Noble peace prize of Malala is just a political gimmick . Do a poll in the country . You will find most of the people will agree with me. What Peace imitative Malala has taken so far , She has fought with extremists
    got a bullet , where is the message of peace ? She should have given Bravery
    award for that particular incident . After taking Award She is now having a good time abroad . What is the contribution to the society ? Atleast Ravishankar’s Organisation is widely appreciated in both India and worldwide for his service and humanitarian work Also the Delhi programme has got world attention with message of peace and love . whats wrong in that ? Regarding that NGT order , I can say imposing fine without actually verifying the loss cannot be justify ? What the loss programme has done to the Yamuna need to find out or It has done some good that also need to be find out .I suggest Ravishankar keeping doing good works and move on . Don’t worry about Small mindsets of people , They cant do anything good in the society except spreading venom and negativity .Recommend

  • Gp65

    Agree with that general idea. But Baba Ramdev teaches Yoga which has been scientifically proven to improve health and sells ayurvedic products. He does not take money in lieu of making fake promises to his followers. Art of Living also focuses on self control’ giving tools for living a healthy, peaveful and centered life.nowhere does it make promises about life hereafter etc.
    Thus while both Baba Ramdev and Sri Sri Ravishankar are Hindus, they do not claim to provide guidance to people in how to be a better Hindu or to promise a better after life in exchange of taking their money here.Recommend

  • Gp65

    It is certainly true that we have many in India who are in the business of religion. But Baba Ramdev is not in that business. Baba Ramdev sells Ayurvedic products and teaches people Yoga which has been scientifically proven to have health benefits. He does not teach religion or make any claims in that regards.

    Same thing with Sri Sri Ravi shankar. You should check out the website of Art of Living which is the organization he has established and leads. It basically gives people to become calm and centered. It does NOT sell religion.


  • Gp65

    I was impressed with Malala’s outspokenness and thinks she is a force for the good. I have every expectation that she will make great contributions by her actuon and also as a role model” But even so, I was surprised at her getting the Nobel Prize at this stage of her life. If Ravi Shankar also expressed a similar opinion, that does not make him a Malala basher.Recommend

  • Gp65

    Art of Living is not a religious organization. Similarly Baba Ramdev used to teach Yoga and now sells Ayurvedic products. He has not marketed religion.

    Many people, including strong Malala supporters like me were surprised that she got a Nobel Prize at this stage of her career. Exoressing that opinion does not constitute jealousy by any means.Recommend

  • Salim Alvi

    Marx’s ideology killed 40 millions Soviets & Chinese. Roman created Jesus, in whose name slavery was institutionalized and genocide of natives became sacred duty by racist and equally brutalized parasitic Europeans. This Roman technique was picked up by Bedouin koresh & perfectedRecommend

  • vasan

    I am one among themRecommend

  • Salim Alvi

    The communist / leftists in India are sepoys of the Whites, and create atrocity literature to be used by Western agencies against India on the world forum. In return, they get Western awards and air tickets.Recommend

  • AD Vigilance

    Ramdevji and Sri Sri have promoted Indian Spiritualism and Yoga , along with Ayurveda….Crores of people follow them and are benefitted by yoga, meditation and Ayurveda…
    But this writer calls them bad influence ..Recommend

  • LS

    What do you expect from these people? There is a saying… Half filled bucket spills more water… or in other words “Adh jal matki chalki jaye”…. They think that ability to express is the ultimate knowledge, forgetting that bad input ALWAYS results in bad OUTPUT. Ability to write without bias, ability to analyze data or evaluate the context in which the statements were made are more important than ever in journalism….Recommend

  • LS

    She is great and has done a lot of voicing on various platform, like a spokesperson, but that is the extent of her contribution along with donations to multiple charities and causes. Not many people do that and we appreciate that..

    But, I failed to understand how is surviving a bullet called Bravery? Isn’t that called luck and timely medical intervention? As you mentioned many people would have done that…

    I would have called her brave if she came back to the same location and supported girl education and raised her voice against Taliban… but she did not because that would have led to loss of her life… So she stayed away… which to me is sensible choice given the conditions, but NOT brave. Braveness is almost stupidity against the odds.Recommend

  • LS

    Nobel Peace Prize is more of a political statement rather than impact. Just like the Nobel Peace Prize for Obama, Malala or Kailash… All these awards are nothing but Political Statement form Nobel Committee. Recall… the award is called “Peace Prize” not Spokesperson award or Community Service Award. None of those lead to “Peace” or path to peace even remotely. In fact in case of Malala it is more or less deemed as an instigation by the other party, resulting in anything BUT peace.

    Malala is great as a human, she has been an ardent spokesperson for Girl/Child education and has devoted lot of time and money to various causes and is one of the loudest proponents for her cause. Girls her age don’t get to do all these things what she has been able to achieve, but it is far far far away from anything to do with “Peace”.

    There have been many other “Political” awards including awards for EU, Henry Kissinger, Jimmy Carter, Liu Xiaobo and many more Recommend

  • Parvez

    I’ll take your word for it………over the authors.Recommend

  • Gp65

    Thank you.Recommend

  • Gp65

    indeed India has many fake gurus who fool innocent and illiterate masses.
    But Ramdev teaches Yoga NOT religion. Even the consumer products company he has created is named Patanjali which is the name of the person who wrote all the Yogasutras. It is not named after any religious books.

    Sri sri Ravishankar’s Art of Living teaches tools for calming and centering oneself. It has several branches in USA and sessions are attended by Christians and atheists as well. It has nothing to do with religion.Recommend

  • disqus_MKeynes

    Malala inspired the girls in Pakistan and World wide through her actions, beliefs and speeches. She gave the powerful Taliban a black eye. The fact that she spoke resolutely in favor of girl education in spite of threats at such a tender age and became their victim, shows her determination, will power, and bravery. For her age, these were big acts. For all these reasons, she is the right candidate for Nobel prize. This God man is wrong in his assessment and has lowered his credibility as a result. – A HindRecommend