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Seeking gurus

Vol. 13 | ISSUE 10 | JANUARY 2020

SriSriRaviShankarHOW to penetrate the ‘steel frame of India’? This question puzzles everybody – whether it’s businessmen, politicians, NGOs, diplomats or so called self-proclaimed ‘Gurus’. The edifice of the Government of India is so humongous that it’s difficult to know where to start. The latest entrant to breakthrough the ‘steel frame of India’ is none other than Bharat Ratna aspirant Sri Sri Ravi Shanker of ‘Sudarshan Kriya’ fame. His newly launched Government Executive Programme (GEP) is Art of Living’s flagship offering for Government organizations – Central Government, State Governments, Subordinate Departments, Autonomous Bodies, Public Sector Undertakings, Armed Forces / Police Forces, and Training Institutes. His website artofliving.org explains after conducting some workshops of civil servants, “Our internal feedback mechanism reports that more than 90% participants feel more energetic, free from stress and achieve greater mental focus and clarity. The impact on working environment is evident from the fact that more than 90 per cent participants report higher preparedness to take new challenges and improved efficiency and interpersonal relationships. A significant 80 per cent feel that the programme creates a positive work environment, is likely to lead to more ethical behaviour and contributes to organisational growth”. What is so peculiar in this news? Nothing! The punchline of the story is that Bhagwan Ravi Shanker disciples are not able to get the requisite number of civil servants for their programme. Sources disclosed that Sri Sri has deputed many of his followers to contact joint secretary-level and senior officers from North and South block and ministries located on both sides of Boat Club. It’s difficult nowadays to even enter government offices without appointment. So, the disciples of Sri Sri are searching for gurus who can facilitate their introduction to top ranking civil servants. It’s a tough job, indeed.gfiles end logo

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