Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has founded courses that provide techniques and tools to live a deeper, more joyous life. He has established nonprofit organizations that recognize a common human identity above the boundaries of race, nationality and religion. His goal is to uplift people around the globe, to reduce stress, and to develop leaders so that human values can flourish in people and communities.


PM Modi Lauds The Art of Living’s Initiatives To Fight The Menace of Drugs In India

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PM Modi Lauds The Art of Living’s Initiatives To Fight The Menace of Drugs In India

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60,000 College Students Participate In The Launch Of Drug Free India Campaign On The Ground, About 1 Crore Students From 12000 Colleges Join Through Webcast

February 19, 2019,
Chandigarh/Hisar

The grounds of Chandigarh University reverberated with the chants of ‘Na Karunga Na Karne Dunga’ (Will Not (Do Drugs) And Will Not Let Anyone Do It) on a drizzly Monday morning. Over two days, 60000 students turned up to be the part of the launch of Drug Free India, one of The Art of Living’s many initiatives towards de-addiction.

“We need to strengthen the youth of this country and whatever weakens this (strength), like drugs, needs to be blocked.” said Sri Sri Ravi Shankar while addressing the students, “People get into drugs because they are looking for happiness, fun and love. Just, come join us. We’ll give you a high that will never go down. Inner high can give love and happiness.” Speaking in Hisar, Sri Sri pointed out that time had come for youngsters to place pride with NOT doing drugs, rather than being proud of having them.

On the second day of the launch, Hon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the years of efforts of The Art of Living in countering the menace of drugs.

“I sincerely appreciate the efforts of Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji and The Art of Living towards a drug free India. I have observed, how this movement has struck a chord with people from all walks of life including entertainment and sports and how people have supported it on social media in large numbers,” Hon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said. He mentioned that apart from being a psycho-socio-medico problem, engaging in drugs also goes towards supporting terrorist activities since the narcotic trade is controlled by anti-national elements. He said, communication with families, friends and loved ones was key in helping drug addicts deal with the condition.

On day 1, Chandigarh University hosted dignitaries of the stature of global humanitarian and spiritual leader, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder of The Art of Living, Bollywood icon Sanjay Dutt, rapper-songwriter Badshah, comedian Kapil Sharma, popular Punjabi Folk singer Gurdas Maan and Hon. Governor of Punjab, V P Singh Badnore. At Guru Jambeshwar University, Hisar, the event was organized with the support of Government of Haryana, where along with Sri Sri, Hon.Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and famous actor Varun Sharma were also present.

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Taking the awareness campaign forward, Sri Sri also announced Walkathons across Indian cities and villages on 10th March, raising awareness and mobilizing communities in the fight against drugs.

Actor Sanjay Dutt talked about his own battle with drug addiction, “I was bleeding from my mouth, my nose. I hadn’t eaten in two days. I got scared looking at myself in the mirror. I told my father, I needed help.” Dutt was contacted by peddler on his return from rehab, which is when he decided, never to touch drugs again in his life, Dutt shared.

Over a crore students from 12,000 colleges signed up for the campaign against drugs through live webcast from across the country on both the days.

Popular rapper-songwriter Badshah also encouraged the youth to find their life’s calling as a way to keep out of addictions. He said, “I’ve never done them. But I had a friend in college who did, who was better rapper than me. But now he’s no more.” He further said, “I found my high in music,” Badshah said, “Find your high! because you are the future, the nerve of this country.”

Part of the initiative also includes formation of SWAT (Social Wellness and Awareness Training) clubs that have been opened across college campuses that will mobilize and raise awareness against drugs and organize preventive interventions.

The Drug Free India movement against drugs has already taken social media by storm with more than 90 eminent personalities from the field of films, sports, politics and business having poured their support for the campaign.

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