Prez to skip Art of Living Event

Prez-to-skip-Art-of-Living-As the controversy over holding of World Cultural Festival snowballed, President Pranab Mukherjee has decided to skip the event ‘due to unavoidable reasons’. Earlier, he agreed to attend the valedictory event of the three-day event.
The event touted as confluence of cultures and religions-organized by spiritual icon and founder of Art of Living- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar- has been surrounded by controversy ever since it was conceived. 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. The National Green Tribunal is hearing a petition which has claimed the organisers will release ‘enzymes’ into 17 drains that flow into the Yamuna for cleaning the river. A judgement is expected tomorrow.

Medaram Jathara

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