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Indian guru’s festival on Delhi floodplain riles greens, worries police

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Indian religious guru

By: Eastern Eye Staff

INDIAN environmentalists are aghast at the hosting of a huge cultural festival on the floodplain of Delhi’s main river that begins on Friday (March 11), warning that the event and its 3.5 million visitors will devastate the area’s biodiversity. The “World Culture Festival”, organised by one of India’s best-known spiritual gurus, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, spreads across 1,000 acres (400 hectares) on the banks of the Yamuna. It features a 7-acre stage for 35,000 musicians and dancers, newly built dirt tracks and 650 portable toilets. Green groups accuse organisers of ripping up vegetation and ruining the river’s fragile ecosystem by…

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