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Spiritual guru's festival in India to go ahead despite environmental concerns

Spiritual guru's festival in India to go ahead despite environmental concerns

Environmental groups say an event planned in India this weekend by a spiritual guru will destroy the fragile ecosystem of the Yamuna River, a beleaguered waterway already under threat from nearby construction and waste.

Dozens of farmers have gone on a hunger strike to protest the effect on their land. The Indian army was called in to construct a floating bridge across the river.

But Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who founded the Art of Living Foundation in 1981, said Thursday that he plans to go ahead with a three-day festival that is expected to draw throngs of devotees to the troubled flood plain outside India’s capital, New Delhi, despite risks of environmental...

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