Mark Manuel

Sri Sri Is Dabbling In Kashmir Now, And I’m Not Surprised

As a weekend guest at his ashram in Bengaluru, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar could not have asked for anybody as questionable as Muzaffar Wani, the father of Burhan Wani, the Hizbul Mujahideen militant who was shot dead by security forces in J&K on 8 July. The Art of Living guru and Muzaffar are believed to have discussed the current situation of “suffering in the Valley”. And ways to restore “peace and normalcy.” That won’t happen, of course, but I’m not surprised at Sri Sri’s initiative.

Twinkle Khanna Lost A Golden Opportunity By Targeting Sri Sri On Twitter

With her extremely powerful public platform, Twinkle Khanna had an opportunity to do a hard-hitting piece on Malala and why it is so wrong for a "holy man" to go after a young teen. She could have brought readers to tears, she could have made people think and, maybe, it would have made Sri Sri apologize. Instead, she was the one who had to apologize for a silly tweet.

Good Gurus Don't Make Money?

In my column "Without Contempt" in Business Standard, I wrote about the disconnect between the business regulatory framework in India and what businesses actually need for growth and success. I placed the thesis in the context of the resounding commercial success of empires of gurus. Now, the subject of gurus presiding over wealthy empires is a prickly and sensitive subject. That commercial success is itself seen as stigmatizing in India, is borne out by some of the tweets that my column attracted from devotees of gurus...

How Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Took Forward The Dream Of Martin Luther King

New Delhi hosted a momentous event from March 11-13, the World Culture Festival. In the words of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the moving force behind the festival, "We are inspired to...realize the dream, where life becomes a celebration and the world will become one family. The World Culture Festival is a celebration of achievements and a vision to do better." There is a connection between "One World Family" and some of the ideas that inspired Martin Luther King and the American Civil Rights movement. I explore these here.