India needs stronger opposition for healthy democracy: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Observing that the domestic opposition in the country is weak, spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said he believed that for a healthy democracy, it is essential for India to have a stronger opposition which is also constructive.

“India needs a stronger opposition, a constructive opposition. The (current) opposition is very weak. Lack of leadership in the opposition can cause any democracy not to appear as a democracy,” said Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living Foundation. PTI in an interview.

“Democracies need a stronger opposition – a conservative and creative opposition which is lacking in India. Of course, West Bengal has shown that with free and fair elections, no party can meddle with the institutions of the India, and the judiciary is quite But the absence of a central opposition, a strong leader will make the country look autocratic, but it is not We are such a great democracy People have the power,” said Ravi Shankar.

The Indian spiritual leader is currently on a two-month tour of the United States, traveling to various cities and spreading the message of peace and its necessity in a post-Covid world.

Affirming that India is a vibrant democracy and elections held in the country are free and fair, he said that at the national level there must be a strong opposition party, which is currently lacking.

On Tuesday, Ravi Shankar met with a group of members of Congress during which they discussed mental health. A day earlier, he addressed the Delaware General Assembly, where he focused on addressing mental health issues and building peace.

The spiritual leader emphasized the importance of using one’s own breath to achieve inner peace and mental well-being. The Art of Living founder offered his unequivocal support for making Delaware the ‘happiest state’ by pledging to tackle mental health issues in all sections of the community, including students , veterans, inmates, doctors, professionals and more.

“We are proud to honor and thank the humanitarianism, spiritual leadership and commitment to peace of Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar here in the United States and around the world,” said Delaware Governor John Carney.

Ravi Shankar’s 2022 US tour kicked off in Miami where he spoke at a doctors conference on the role of meditation for mental health and general well-being. He continued to Boston where he shared his thoughts on de-stigmatizing mental health at Harvard University. This was followed by a dialogue with healthcare providers and administrators on prioritizing the well-being of healthcare workers, hosted by the Children’s National Hospital and the National Geographic Society.

He then spoke about the crisis in youth mental health with the US Surgeon General at George Washington University.

Before arriving in Delaware, the spiritual leader launched the “I Stand for Peace” campaign in Washington, DC on May 6. He also launched the initiative in Philadelphia on May 8 with a commitment to Philadelphia being a “Peace City” and a rollout of programs to strengthen indicators of mental health, resilience and general well-being within the American community. Both events brought together more than 2,000 people.

Stating that India’s DNA has always been peace and non-violence, Ravi Shankar said there was a misconception in the West about India’s stance on the war in Ukraine that the people think that New Delhi supports an aggressor, which is not the case in reality. .

“First of all, we have to make it clear to the world that we are for peace. We are not for war. It is a misconception that we are on the side of war. Our Prime Minister said so to many times that we are for peace,” he said.

He noted that there is a lot of anger among people after the COVID-19 pandemic. What Ravi Shankar said needs to be addressed and that is what he is working on.

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