President Pranab turns down invitation to attend Art of Living’s Yamuna event


Program composed by The Art of Living, an UN-authorize worldwide NGO headed by Sri Ravi Shankar, WCF plans to be the main such memorable social occasion to celebrate serene conjunction and solidarity in assorted qualities as it unites individuals from various societies, countries, and religions as a one-world family in a resonating message of peace.

Army unhappy as defence ministry asked them to construct a pontoon bridge at the site of what is a privately-run event.
Dr Hegde also said that around 28 dances from Bulgaria, Pakistan, Japan, Hungary, Canada, America, Brazil, Germany, and Argentina will be presented. Almost 35 lakh people are expected to attend the event.
Senior defense soures said the organisers had approached Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
The three-day event will be held on the floodplains of the Yamuna river near DND toll bridge and massive construction is underway for the festival starting March 11. There is a question of law and order and also fears of stampede.
While the organisers expect lakhs of people to attend the function, concerns have been raised by experts about the likely damage to the environment caused by holding it on the flood plains of the already polluted river in east Delhi.
Meanwhile, the Rashtrapati Bhavan has confirmed that President Pranab Mukherjee will not attend this event due to unavoidable circumstances.
Art of Living Foundation has denied the allegation that the event will damage the eco-system of Yamuna, with its founder Sri Sri Ravishankar dismissing it as “joke of the year”.
The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) told the National Green Tribunal on Thursday that stopping the Art of Living Foundation’s World Culture Festival to be held here this month will not serve any objective.
Contrasting the significance of the celebration with the Olympics, Shankar additionally said that the NGT report is one-sided.
On March 3, DDA had submitted that it had granted conditional permission for organising the event and had no idea about the magnitude of the programme. Apart from the ecological disturbances and security concerns, what has created the controversy is a petition by environmentalists before the National Green Tribunal. The President has expressed his inability to attend the event.