Yoga Is Not A Religious Activity, Says Narendra Modi

Millions of Indian citizens from different parts of the nation joined Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 21, 2016, to celebrate the International Yoga Day. The Indian PM addressed people at the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh, and it was soon followed by a mass Yoga session.

The ground is being safeguarded with heavy security, and the officials have deployed 4000 paramilitary jawans and 3000 Police officers in the area. According to reports, the Union Territory Administration has spent more than Rs 14 Crore for the smooth functioning of this event.

According to Narendra Modi, Yoga Day has now emerged as a “Jan Aandolan” (People’s Movement) since its beginning in last year. He stated that Yoga is not a religious practice, and there is no need of dragging this day to controversy. He made it clear that citizens who wish to maintain good physical and mental health can do it daily to fetch the benefits.

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During the event, the Prime Minister also announced two awards for people who are working hard to popularize Yoga in India and in other foreign countries.

Concluding the speech, Modi requested every Indian citizen to embrace this ancient way of Indian meditation and physical exercise to ensure wellness assurance at zero budget.

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee took part in this session at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan. More than 1000 people accompanied him in this venture.

Ministers like Rajnath Singh, Venkaiah Naidu and Smriti Irani also initiated Yoga Day Celebrations in various corners of the country.

Last year, Communist Party of India (Marxist) were the strong criticizers of Yoga Day. They alleged that this form of meditation is nothing but embracing saffron thoughts, and is against the minorities in the nation. But this year, understanding the negative effects of their statement, they have also started initiating some efforts.

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In Kerala, Yoga Day will be celebrated by the Governing party led by Pinarayi Vijayan. CPI (M) and other left parties told that this day is being celebrated in a secular manner, and people of all religions will take part in the event.

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