Bengaluru, Aug 29: The meeting between Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Muzzafar Wani, Burhan Wani's father has created quite a furore on the social media with many questioning whether it was part of the Track II initiative by the government.
Some even suggested that Wani may have put forth the point that the Hurriyat Conference was trying to make.
Government officials, however, maintain that they had nothing to do with this meeting. As far as what we know, Wani was at the Art of Living Ashram in Bengaluru to obtain treatment.
Talk to separatists
Senior Wani who addressed reporters at Tral in Jammu and Kashmir said that he told Sri Sri to come to Kashmir and look for himself what the situation is.
He further said that during his brief interaction with the spiritual guru he was shown a video of the war in Syria. "To this I replied that much worse is taking place in Kashmir and if I had my mobile phone with me, I would have shown videos too," Wani said.
Wani went to say that after the death of his son, he got a call from Sri Sri and condolences were offered. "He said he wanted to meet me and then I told that I wanted to come to his ashram for treatment.
In the two days that I stayed there, I explained to him the problems in Kashmir," he said.
"I was then asked whom should India talk with on the Kashmir issue. I told him India must talk unconditionally to the representatives of Kashmir. India must talk with Geelani, Yasin Malik, Shabir Shah and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq," Wani said.
Sri Sri Ravishankar is a positive man and I wish ministers in the government had the same mind set, Wani also told reporters.