Mumbai: The Washington Post, one of the United States' leading daily, Tuesday raised doubts over Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's claim that he had been offered Nobel Peace Prize but he turned down the offer and did not accept it.
The daily however admitted that the Hindu spritual guru and founder of the Art of Living Foundation was nominated for the honor.
"It does appear that Shankar has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize - by a New York Democrat in the House of Representatives in 2006 - though it is unclear whether he was ever formally offered the honor, which would have given him the chance to reject it", Washington Post said in a report published in response to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's reported claim.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Monday in response to a question posed by a journalist whether he would accept the Nobel Peace Prize should it be offered to him, claimed that he had already rejected it at least once.
Sri Sri also expressed particular distaste for the "political" decision to award the Nobel to then-17-year-old Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani national, who was shot by the Taliban for her advocacy for girls' education.
"I was in the past offered the Nobel Peace Prize, but I had rejected it as I only believe in working and not in being honored for my work. We should always honor only to those who deserve it, and I am totally against honoring Malala Yousafzai with the prize and it is of no use," he was quoted as saying in the Deccan Chronicle.
He went on to say that Yousafzai had done nothing to merit the Nobel and that awards generally were not his concern, especially the Nobel.
Hours after The Washington Post report went viral, Art of Living Foundation issued a message on Twitter stating that Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was 'misquoted'.
"Gurudev @SriSri Ravi Shankar ji has never said that he was offered Nobel Prize. Hoping media will correct the reporting error", Art of Living tweeted Tuesday in the afternoon.