New Delhi, Mar 10: Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's cultural extravaganza 'World Culture Festival' has suffered another blow with Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe pulling out of the event on Thursday.
According to reports, Mugabe cancelled his visit to India over security concerns. Some reports also suggest that he cancelled his visit since he was the only reported high profile Head of the State who agreed to attend the event.
However, Mugabe's spokesperson has said: "The cancellation follows communication from organisers of the festival acknowledging substantial inadequacies in protocol and security arrangements around the event."
Mugabe had left for India on Tuesday to attend the event but is now expected to return home soon.
Meanwhile, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Thursday said he does not mind going to jail if the court wants him to. He also said that he would not pay the fine of Rs 5 crore slapped by the National Green Tribunal.
This comes after there was a huge controversy surrounding the cultural festival where activists claimed that the ongoing preparations for the festival at the Yamuna banks would damage the river's ecosystem.
The issue was even raised in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday where the Opposition criticised the government.