Art of Living founder and Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Monday claimed that he had rejected the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize in the past and and called the award given to Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai undeserving.
The 59-year old was in Latur, Maharashtra to take a look at the drought conditions and while speaking to journalists he termed Malala’s peace prize as a political move.
Reporter: Malala ko puraskaar mila to kya galat thaa?
SriSri Ravi Shankar: Aur kya? Uss ladki ne kuch bhi nahin kiya pic.twitter.com/961EKb9d5e
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He further said, “Nowadays, there is no value to the Nobel Prize. When you award it to a 16-year-old girl who hasn’t done anything, what value is left? It has become a political prize.”
Pakistan’s Yousafzai was awarded the Nobel prize in 2014, and she is the youngest to receive the prestigious award at age 17. Yousafzai has been a vocal activist for education for girls.