It has been a bad time to be a God-man in the country of late as another erroneous statement has been called out from another one recently. Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar recently visited the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi on Monday to deliver the 13th Nehru Memorial Lecture, when he was asked a question with regards to homosexuality. A student asked him what he should do to get his friends and family from ill-treating him for being gay.
Sri Sri started by telling him to not bother about what others thought of him, “You treat yourself better, doesn’t matter how others treat you. You don’t think you are sick or something is wrong with you,” he said. “If you stand up, nobody can insult you, but…if you feel bad about yourself, nobody can make you feel better,” he added.
Though later his statements took an odd turn. He added that his sexuality is a ‘tendency’ which is not permanent. “This is your tendency now…just acknowledge it, accept it, and know that this tendency is not a permanent thing. It may change. I’ve seen many men who were gay later turn into heterosexuals, and there are those who are normal, who are called straight people, end up being gay later in life. I would like you to focus beyond the body identity.” ALSO READ: Alia Bhatt The Reason Behind Vicky Kaushal Bagging Karan Johar’s Comedy Flick? Exclusive
He received criticism at the hands of social media for the erroneous statement. And one of those criticising, were Sonam Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. “Homosexuality is not a ‘tendency’ it’s something you are born as and is absolutely NORMAL. To tell someone you can change is irresponsible.” She added: “WTF is wrong with god men, if you want to learn something about Hinduism and culture it’s better to follow @HindolSengupta & @devduttmyth.” Alia then shared Sonam’s tweet and called it an ‘OMG kinda moment!.’