Malala’s Nobel Prize unworthy, says Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Published: May 3, 2016
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Indian spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has questioned the credentials of the Nobel Committee and education activist Malala Yousafzai, saying he would turn down the prestigious global award if given to him.

The Art of Living founder termed Malala’s peace prize as a political move.

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He also claimed he had once turned down the award, “Nowadays, there is no value to the Nobel Prize. When you award it to a 16-year-old girl who hasn’t done anything, what value is left? It has become a political prize.”

Malala was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2014, becoming the youngest to receive the prestigious award at age of 17. She shared the prize with India’s Kailash Satyarthi.

Malala has been a vocal activist for education for girls. She was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012 in Pakistan, after which she moved to the United Kingdom.

When asked by a journalist if he was wrong to have awarded Malala, Sri Sri responded, “Aur kya? [of course].”

Sri Sri also shared his view that the winner of the Nobel Prize is not chosen on the basis of social work, but instead through political agents.

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“Some people approached me… I was told to do certain things to get the prize. I refused to get drawn into these politics,” he added.

This is not the first time the spiritual leader has attracted attention over his controversial remarks.

Recently his foundation, The Art of Living, faced the environment ministry’s ire for hosting the World Culture Festival at the ecologically fragile flood banks of the river. As a result, he was fined INR 5 million, but was allowed to hold the event.

This article originally appeared on Hindustan Times

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Reader Comments (21)

  • Point
    May 3, 2016 - 5:10PM

    indians has lost everything along with their mindRecommend

  • indian
    May 3, 2016 - 5:12PM

    good one guruji.Recommend

  • Deepak Arora
    May 3, 2016 - 5:23PM

    Though I would agree that Malala as a young girl has been very brave but a bravery award suits the act better than the Nobel prize. I do acknowledge her act as source of inspiration against terrorism & in support of women-education. But Nobel prize ? It amounts to degradation of the value of what once was the highest prize on the planet. Same also goes about Obama receiving the Nobel prize. He too did not deserve it. Recommend

  • roadkashehzada
    May 3, 2016 - 6:28PM

    Thanks Sri Sri. now malala haters got to admire her, after all an indian has said something against herRecommend

  • Quresh
    May 3, 2016 - 6:46PM

    The Art of living depends upon with good heart and good intention. God bless you GURUJI. Recommend

  • Max
    May 3, 2016 - 6:46PM

    As an Indian, I am ashamed at this nut guy. How doe they call such creatures holy?Recommend

  • AD
    May 3, 2016 - 6:55PM

    He is desperate to be a world peace leader and win prizes. Recommend

  • Rakhan
    May 3, 2016 - 7:01PM

    Jealous? Or just dumb?Recommend

  • May 3, 2016 - 8:04PM

    strong text“When you award it to a 16-year-old girl who hasn’t done anything, what value is left? It has become a political prize.”strong text

    Seriously? Sri Sri should ask his fans what they think about it. Malala isn’t some prodigy; she is a girl who represents struggle that people face.

    Malala has awakened the spirit of struggle — Infact, you should ask why Obama got peace prize!

    Sri Sri, I respect you, but you certainly don’t deserve Nobel, yet!

    Malala is a hero — Not just for Pakistanis but for the World – Period. Recommend

  • Uzair
    May 3, 2016 - 8:58PM

    This is India’s spiritual leader? No wonder it’s messed up there.Recommend

  • tuk
    May 3, 2016 - 10:19PM

    who is this junkie?Recommend

  • wiserneighbour
    May 3, 2016 - 10:48PM

    Who decides to award Nobel prizes? there will be a selection committee. The world do not vote for that.Agree with Sri Sri to an extend since she was a mere survivor with good spirit.If Nobel is a cause for her to extend her field of work,so be it.let her spread her message.In the same yardstick,the survivors of ISIS brutality, yazidi girls,should get this years Nobel peace prize for the courage and determination to escape from brutality.Recommend

  • hamza khan
    May 4, 2016 - 12:13AM

    @Deepak Arora:

    the reason she received it is not for bravery, its for the fact that she even before her shooting had been a vocal opponent of the TTP in her home of Swat, and only intensified her opposition after she was shot. perhaps someone should tell the above seen orangutan that. Recommend

  • gebde
    May 4, 2016 - 1:45AM

    This Mr. Ravishankar is a fake. BTW, Iam an IndianRecommend

  • Mursheed, Sydeny
    May 4, 2016 - 2:59AM

    Frankly, couple of years back this thought occurred to me as to how Malala got Noble prize (Not undermining her bravery and activist role and I have deepest respect for what she has done)… Now when Sri Sri Ravishankar raised the political issue behind it, just clears the air.
    No one including Sri Sri Ravishankar is undermining Malala’s efforts or bravery, merely questioning Noble prize process. Shows clearly clarity of thought.Recommend

  • wb
    May 4, 2016 - 6:48AM

    He’s correct and I have said this many times.

    Nobel peace prize is given to people who have worked towards the world peace.

    When Malala got awarded, all she had done was to write blogs and then get hot in the head.

    She was very brave and deserve a bravery award. But not Nobel.Recommend

  • upchuck
    May 4, 2016 - 7:17AM

    The term Sour Grapes comes to mindRecommend

  • Jim
    May 4, 2016 - 7:36AM

    Pathetic, disgraceful man. Needs to learn art of living. And learn grace from Malala. He is not even fit to wash the feet of Edhi, who in my humble opinion, is truly deserving of a Nobel. Recommend

  • siesmann
    May 4, 2016 - 12:08PM

    Her bravery is not being shot,but why was she shot.It was for standing up to the misogynist and terrorist TTP.And she has been an icon since for female education.It is not theat western world has picked up her,it is that misogynist Pakistan has forsaken her.Recommend

  • amr
    May 4, 2016 - 3:06PM

    Mr Sri sab, btw your recurrent hateful comments against muslims make you fit to receive anti nobel piece price. if asked, I am sure you nominate only modi in the whole world for this high honour awardRecommend

  • Jul 16, 2016 - 11:10PM

    So true, this is not the first time the spiritual leader has attracted attention over his controversial remarks.Recommend

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