[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]R[/dropcap]emember the brouhaha of environmental fascists when Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living (AOL)conducted its World Culture Festival (WCF) in the banks of Yamuna River on March 11 to 13, this year? A lot of doomsday scenarios were painted by Left leaning media and some organisations sympathetic to religious conversion groups. Even the Congress Party landed some punches at WCF, raking up environmental concerns in the Rajya Sabha. These people were convinced that WCF would cause irreparable damage to River Yamuna and its ecosystem. Many media houses parroted what these environmental groups said. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) was approached by many and it imposed a fine of Rs. 5 crores ($750,000), which AOL refuted.
Five months have passed since the event. On August 7, PGurus photographer visited the area, where WCF was conducted. The pictures say it all. You can see the same green area and the River Yamuna flowing quietly. Such diligent efforts by AOL to clean up after the event has gone un-noticed by the hyper-ventilating media who shouted from the rooftops that conducting WCF would finish the green paddy fields and pollute Yamuna forever. See the three pictures below:
[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]I[/dropcap]t must be remembered that Sri Sri Ravi Shankar personally monitored the cleaning of the area for a week after the WCF, where lakhs and lakhs of people had gathered. What was the motive behind all these malicious campaigns? The pictures expose the bogus and manipulative propaganda against Art of Living and WCF. AOL was forced to pay up to the NGT its fine. What was AOL’s fault in all this? Perhaps the NGT can explain. Sri Sri has vowed to get back the Rs.5 cr ($750,000) fine paid (Originally it was going to be Rs. 120 crores ($18 million))!
Wait, there is more! Please look at the wide angled picture below. This is the DND flyway passing through the Yamuna banks. One side is the WCF venue and other side is the Batla House and Okhla area. Since both sides abut the banks of Yamuna the environmental rules are expected to be same.
[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]N[/dropcap]ow our photographer takes you closer to the Batla House area. See the below three photos from Batla House area. You can see a whole lot of alleged illegal construction going on near the banks of River Yamuna. Once these are inhabited, where will the effluents go? More importantly are these legal?
[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]W[/dropcap]here are River Yamuna’s lovers? What do these environmental fascists have to say about the alleged illegal construction going on still at Batla House and Okhla areas? Why don’t they approach the NGT? Is it because the area is occupied mostly by a minority community? If yes, then it is OK for some to pollute but not others? Why this is jarring is because the NGT has forbidden even farming along the banks of Yamuna!
Mainstream Media offices are located just a few kilometers from this site. Why doesn’t anyone report on the construction activities in the Batla House area?
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