Mumbai: Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has termed the decision to award Nobel Peace Prize to Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai as ‘political’.
He also said that he would never accept the award.
He was in Latur on Saturday to review the drought situation in Marathwada when he made the statement.
Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, Sri Sri said, "I was in the past offered the Nobel Peace Prize, but I had rejected it as I only believe in working and not in being honoured for my work. We should always honour only to those who deserve it and I am totally against honouring Malala Yousafzai with the prize and it is of no use."
In Latur, his Art of Living organisation is working towards restoring rivers.
He also told the Daily - "The government has to work towards a sustainable model and should take appropriate steps towards the rising farmer suicides in the state. I also appeal to farmers of the state to not commit suicide as that is not the ultimate solution for all the problems arising out of drought.”
Yousafzai was announced as the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Kailash Satyarthi, in 2014.
Aged 17 at the time, Yousafzai had became the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate.