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Guru’s date with jailed rebels today

Ranchi, Feb. 18: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder of the Art of Living Foundation, will meet Naxalite leaders lodged in Latehar jail tomorrow and motivate them to give up the armed struggle and instead follow the path of Satyagraha.

The guru sees the rapid spread of Naxalism in the state as a by-product of increasing corruption. “To a great extent, the struggle of Naxalites is right. Corruption runs so deep in this state that poor villagers do not get any benefits of development schemes. Disappointed, they turn to violent ways to protest,” pointed out the guru.

But he did not forget to condemn the rebels for their violent activities and urged them to practice Satyagraha.

“Tomorrow, I am going to Latehar jail. I will meet the Naxalite leaders and discuss the issue with them,” said the guru.

He was interacting with reporters after laying the foundation stone of a meditation centre at Boriya.

At a medication camp held in Ranchi this morning, the guru held “corruption” responsible for the state’s laggard progress. He said that Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand were created at the same time, but when it comes to development, Jharkhand is lagging far behind the other two states.

“The political parties here have become corrupt. What’s even more sad is that corruption has spread even to the bureaucracy and this is holding back development in the state,” said the guru, urging the youths to devote themselves to weed out “this cancer”.

The spiritual guru also visited the inmates of Birsa Munda Central Jail today at Hotwar and held a satsang

An MoU was signed between the government and the Art of Living Foundation for conducting meditation sessions in 26 prisons of the state.

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