Heal deep wounds and scars first, Sri Sri to J&K leaders

Renowned spiritual leader and the founder of the Art of
Living, His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, held wide ranging discussions in Jammu and
Kashmir with leaders from all sections of society during his two-day visit to resolve the
Shri Amarnath Shrine imbroglio over August 12 and 13th.
On the second day of the visit on Wednesday in Srinagar, Sri Sri met Governor N. N.
Vohra; Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Mufti of
Srinagar, Mufti Bashiruddin and many representatives of the civil society in Srinagar.
In his interactions Sri Sri emphasized the role of civil society in restoring normalcy in the
state. “The civil society should come forward for resolution of the issue so that peace is
restored in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
On Tuesday in Jammu, Sri Sri met with representatives of 32 organisations that make up
the Amarnath Yatra Sangharsh Samiti (AYSS), members of the Muslim Front Jammu, Bar
Association, Sadhu Samaj, university professors and doctors. He appealed for communal
harmony and peace in the region. He assured them that justice would be done and asked
them to be patient.
Advising the protestors against taking the law into ones own hands, Sri Sri said, “Dialogue
is the only way to resolve the present crisis.” He added that the leaders in J&K also
expressed to him their desire for a peaceful settlement. “No one should harm women and
children,” he urged.
“Jammu and Kashmir are like two eyes. If one is hurt, the other will also bleed,” he said.
He termed the recent happening in J&K as most unfortunate. “The deep wounds and scars
need to be healed fast,” he said. Calling upon the administration to be impartial and give a
human and healing touch, he asked the Centre to act fast and resolve the issue.
Sri Sri underlined the need for the majority community to take responsibility for protecting
the minority community. “Wherever Hindus are in majority, they need to protect the
Muslims and vice versa,” he said.
During the visit, thousands of people from all parts of Jammu and Kashmir met Sri Sri.
His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar meets with Mirwaiz Umer Farooq in his bid to
resolve the Amarnath Shrine imbroglio in Srinagar on Wednesday. Sri Sri was
on a two-day visit to the state to meet leaders from all sections of society in his
bid to resolve the crisis in the state.
As part of his meetings with the stakeholders of the Amarnath Shrine issue, His
Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar met the J&K Governor Shri N. N. Vohra. Sri Sri was
on a two-day visit to the state to interact with leaders from all sections of
society in his bid to resolve the crisis in the state.

His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar discusses ways to resolve the Amarnath
imbroglio with Muslim leaders in Jammu on Tuesday. Sri Sri interacted with the
leaders from all the sections of society in his bid to resolve the crisis in Jammu
and Kashmir

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Ashok Kumar is an accomplished journalist with over 38 years of experience in the profession in various capacities. He was a sub-editor in Patriot and later Chief Sub-editor in The Hindustan Times, New Delhi. He has several published articles and reports in Patriot and HT. Published reports in The Blacktown Sun in Sydney. He had also been a tutor in journalism in the University of Western Sydney. He is currently Editor at The Indian Sub-continent Times, Sydney.

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