Sonam Kapoor and Devdutt Pattanaik have fiercely opposed the statements made by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on homosexuality at JNU. When a student asked for advice over being mistreated by his friends and family for being gay, the “god-man” reduced the student’s sexuality to a “tendency”.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar“This is your tendency now. Just acknowledge it and accept it, and know that this tendency is not a permanent thing. It may change. I’ve seen many men who were gay, later on turn into heterosexuals, and there are those who are normal — what are called straight people — end up being gay later in life.”
Delivered the annual Nehru Memorial Lecture at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. pic.twitter.com/XYYxIrZ98h— Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (@SriSri) November 13, 2017
Sonam Kapoor took to Twitter to express her disbelief over Sri’s comments, which was also retweeted by Alia Bhatt.
Devdutt Pattanaik too weighed in on the controversy, calling every thing temporary in this world, even gurus.
Would a guru tell a man/woman that his/her gender is transient?— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) November 14, 2017
Would he tell a Muslim/Hindu that his/her 'faith' is transient?
Would he tell a married man/woman his/her 'bondage' is transient?
WHY then would a guru tell a gay man that his 'tendency' is transient?
Everything, everything is temporary in this world : homosexuality, HETEROsexuality, marriage, faith, nation, caste, celibacy, kings and even gurus ??— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) November 14, 2017
Even Human Rights Activist, Harish Iyer, called out Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s callous comment.
Dear @SriSri , I understand the case of a Freudean slip during a live event. It happens. But what's stopping you from correcting yourself on twitter. Do you know about how many have undergone shock treatments due to people wanting to "convert" homosexuals to heterosexuals? pic.twitter.com/t2dhsk0DVG— harish iyer (@hiyer) November 14, 2017
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