TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY SHAUN TANDON Indian guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar attends as the guest speaker at the American Enterprise Institute(AEI) June 24, 2014, in Washington, DC.  The Indian guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's efforts to encourage peace in Pakistan ended in an armed attack, but he still believes dialogue is the best path with the Taliban.  The globe-trotting yogi, known for his flowing hair and beard and perpetually sunny disposition, had brought his Art of Living Foundation to Pakistan in 2004 in hopes of encouraging stress relief through breathing exercises and non-denominational meditation.  Armed gunmen burned down the center in Islamabad in March after charges by some in Pakistan that yoga, rooted in the spiritual history of historic rival India, conflicted with Islamic values.      AFP PHOTO / Paul J. RICHARDS

 

Islamic state rejected Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s attempt to open a dialogue with the terror group by sending a photograph of a beheaded man, the spiritual leader told the media on Thursday.

“I tried to initiate peace talks with the ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) recently but they sent me a photograph of a beheaded body of a man. Thus, my effort for a peace dialogue with the ISIS ended,” he said.

“I think the ISIS does not want any peace talks,” he told the media in Agartala. “Hence, they should be dealt by military.”

Ravi Shankar left Agartala on Thursday for Kolkata after a three-day visit to Tripura.

Holding a series of meetings across the state, he stressed on the need to bring peace to India’s northeastern region.

Ravi Shankar urged the militant outfits of the region to hold peace talks with the government.

The 59-year-old said his aim was to unite all cultures, religions, faith and ideologies.

He said the National Greet Tribunal’s decision to fine the Art of Living Foundation Rs 5 crore for allegedly causing environmental damage to the Yamuna flood plains in Delhi “was politically motivated”

 

Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh has made an appeal to the insurgents to come for talks.

“If there is a problem, there must be a solution,” Singh was quoted as saying in a release issued by the CM’s secretariat today.

Singh made the appeal at an event organised by the Art of Living, Manipur Chapter yesterday. Founder of the Art of Living, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who was present at the programme, also urged the Chief Minister to ask the insurgents to come to the negotiating table. “Running in the forest will not solve problems,” the spiritual guru said.

Before his departure from Imphal this morning, Ravi Shankar told reporters that 20 seats will be reserved for Manipuri students in the Odisha-based Sri Sri University.

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