It is estimated that close to 200 million people around the world practice yoga (of some form or the other), a majority of them in India, and over 20 million of them in the United States alone. After the first International Yoga Day celebration, more people became aware of the tenets of yoga and got encouraged to follow a yogic life style, a life that is healthy, humble and devout. And this became a great opening for the world community to realise the worth of oneness and then, there is no feud, no disagreement and no disparity. Man of every creed and colour will live as one – the world will become one.
Aganist this backdrop, the three day International Yoga was held in New Delhi, which was a Curtain Raiser for this year’s International Day of Yoga-2016 celebrations. The Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh was the Chief Guest at the valedictory function. Addressing the gathering, the Union Home Minister said that the Yoga has universal appeal. Rajnath Singh added that more than 170 countries had sponsored the resolution on the International Yoga Day in the United Nations General Assembly. He further said this was the first time in the history of the United Nations that a resolution received such widespread support.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also said that the declaration of International Yoga Day is a huge success of India’s diplomacy and cultural outreach. “This success we owe to the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Yoga is an invaluable cultural heritage of India and is now being practiced in all continents. Yoga cuts across all religions, and helps in achieving coordination, balance and unity between the body, mind, intellect and soul and this leads to a balanced human being which forms the basis of a balanced society, leading eventually to a balance in the natural world and oneness with its creator,” he said.
Minister Shripad Naik said that Ministry of AYUSH is putting its best efforts to promote the science of Yoga as a healthcare system across the globe. He hoped the efforts made by the Ministry will reach to the common people. Dr. H. Nagendra, Chancellor, S-VYASA University, Bangalore and Chairperson of the Committee of Yoga Experts for International Yoga Day, highlighted the activities being planned for a grand celebration of the International Yoga Day and the efforts to introduce Yoga among youth and children with the help of Human Resource Development Ministry.
The International Yoga Day event this year will be held in Chandigarh on June 21 as the government plans to make it bigger than the maiden show on Rajpath last year. (Uday India Bureau)