Parents demand Sri Sri’s apology
Originally published at this link on the Deccan Herald website. Thanks to Vickram for posting this.
New Delhi, Mar 21, 2012, DHNS :
Members of All India Parents Association (AIPA) in Delhi demanded a public apology from spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for labelling government schools as the breeding grounds for Maoists.
Shankar had said on Tuesday: “It is often seen that boys from government schools are into Naxalism and violence. Those from the private education system are not into these things. They move ahead with an ideal and teachers are responsible for it.”
The spiritual guru had added that the threat of spreading extreme ideologies stemmed from lack of quality education.
But following a controversy over these remarks, on Wednesday he said he has been misunderstood.
“I did not say all government schools should be privatised. I only meant that all government schools in Naxal-affected area should be privatised.”
However, parents are outraged with the spiritual guru’s previous remarks. “We hope and expect that the spiritual leader must have realised that such a statement is not only factually incorrect but also goes against the spirit of the Constitution,” said Ashok Aggarwal, national president AIPA.
“It is the children of ordinary people, like us, who go to government schools, as only the well off can send their children to public schools. It is inappropriate to say something like this. Sri Sri must apologise,” said Sita Ram, a parent from Shalimar Bagh.