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Kashmir conflict is a ‘cash-cow’ for separatists, militants says Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

The Art of Living (AoL) founder and spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Wednesday said that Kashmir conflict is a ‘cash-cow’ for militants and separatists.

The Art of Living (AoL) founder and spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Wednesday said that Kashmir conflict is a ‘cash-cow’ for militants and separatists.

He said that that there was no readymade solution to Kashmir problem and it needs to be addressed by sitting together with an open mind. He was speaking after the launch of South Asian Peace Forum Programme ‘Back to Paradise Kashmir’ organised by the Art of Living foundation.

Explaining about the forum he said it was launched with an objective to have a firsthand authentic account of the affairs of Kashmir from the people of great understanding and comprehension about Kashmir and its affairs.

Former militants, stone-pelters and victims of militancy, besides various stakeholders took take part in the conference. “The forum has been formed for the creation of new vibrant ideology by taking people of shades and opinion together by holding dialogues, debates and discussions for peace, progress and development. I hope that it will bring some good results,” he said.

Ravi Shankar said that there is a need to change the DNA of misguided Kashmiris. “We are here to change of genes of those who created troubles in the Valley. The mistrust and fear, which has made its way into their DNA, we will try to change that. Moreover, scientists have proved that DNA can be changed,” said the AoL founder.

He said that the solution to the Kashmir problem can only come from Kashmiris. “In Kashmir, people are restraining themselves from opening their mouth due to threat of guns. 90 per cent of the people want peace and development but their voice is being silenced,” said the spiritual guru.

He said that there is trust deficit in the Kashmir valley. “People do not have trust on each other. People of the Valley do not trust the government, nor do they trust social organisations,” said Ravi Shankar.

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