IIT-BHU Students Slam University For Inviting ‘Irrational’ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to Deliver Lecture
They said it is ‘very shameful’ to invite a man who appeals to people via pseudoscience and irrationality.
The students of IIT-BHU have criticised the university authorities for inviting an ‘irrational’ and ‘illogical’ person like Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to deliver a lecture at the institute on Tuesday, April 2.
The self-proclaimed spiritual leader and right-wing ideologue was invited to speak on “Bringing Excellence in action”. In a letter shared in a Media Vigil report, Secretary of Students For Change (SFC) Vandana said that it is ‘very shameful’ for a technical and scientific institution like IIT-BHU to invite a man who appeals to people via pseudoscience and irrationality.
Ravi Shankar has been criticised for speaking in favour of privatisation of government schools. The letter stated that through his organisation and followers, he resorts to marketing his products and attempts to influence people through ‘pseudo-scientific’ facts, creating an air of false beliefs, which is favourable for him to sell his products.
The students underlined in the letter that Ravi Shankar and other ‘spiritual gurus’ distract their audience from the core issues facing the country and convince them that spirituality is the only solution to every problem. They have also added that the ‘spiritual gurus’s’ statement on the Gujarat riots in 2002 was unacceptable. “Despite the state machinery’s ‘clear involvement’ in the anti-Muslim pogrom, Ravi Shankar had said that, ‘He (Narendra Modi) was a new chief minister, who lacked experience at the time,’” the students mentioned. They have also slammed the university authorities for starting this new trend of inviting people who are inspired by the Hindutva ideology propounded by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).