Isha Foundation joins issue with Palanivel Thiagarajan

The Minister, in a latest interview to ‘The Hindu’, referred to Jaggi Vasudev as a “publicity hound”.

The Isha Basis has joined difficulty with Tamil Nadu Finance Minister P.T.R. Palanivel Thiagarajan, who had assailed its founder Jaggi Vasudev for demanding that temples be free of the management of the State Hindu Spiritual and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) Division.

In an open letter to the Minister issued by Isha volunteers, Isha Basis stated they have been “appalled {that a} man of his [Jaggi Vasudev] stature has been topic to the Minister’s unparliamentary and uncalled for private assault in a latest media interview [to The Hindu], calling him a ‘publicity hound’ and a ‘industrial operator’. It’s deeply unlucky that an individual holding excessive public workplace ought to resort to name-calling of a extremely revered public determine.This unseemly assault trivialises the efforts and dedication of hundreds of thousands of Isha volunteers worldwide who’re working tirelessly in service of humanity.”

The letter stated: “In true democratic spirit, Sadhguru and Isha Basis have labored with numerous elected governments from throughout the political spectrum and can proceed to take action for the welfare of the folks of Tamil Nadu. Cooperation and assist have been the character of our relationship with each authorities. We remorse the deterioration of this tradition and the poor commonplace of public discourse. That is definitely unbecoming of an elected consultant and an honorable member of the State’s Cupboard.

The letter stated that for practically 30 years, hundreds of volunteers of Isha Basis have been working in Tamil Nadu to carry bodily, psychological and religious well-being to Tamil folks by means of yoga, social outreach and ecological initiatives.

“The actions of Isha Basis have all the time acquired nice assist from sturdy companions together with the Authorities of Tamil Nadu,” it stated.

In accordance with the Basis, a number of social improvement programmes have been initiated for rural communities in well being, training, holistic improvement and farmer welfare reaching over 7,500 villages impacting a minimum of 11 million lives.

The outreach included Isha Vidhya, an training initiative for college students of 9 districts, the Rally for Rivers, an ecological motion, and rising inexperienced cowl “by contributing over 38 million timber,” it stated.

The Basis had additionally launched the ‘Cauvery Calling’ motion, as a part of which 2.42 billion timber are to be planted within the Cauvery basin, benefiting not solely the ecology but additionally greater than 5 million farmers. “In 2020, beneath the Cauvery Calling mission, farmers within the two States [Karnataka and Tamil Nadu] planted 11 million saplings of their farmlands,” it stated.

“During the last yr and persevering with into this yr, Isha COVID Motion has serviced the villages surrounding the Isha Yoga Middle,” it added.

All of this work has been achieved with the assist of the folks and the Authorities of Tamil Nadu, it added.

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