After arriving at the main venue, Capitol Complex in Chandigarh, for the International Day of Yoga at 6.30am on Tuesday, Prime Minister Modi began his speech of about 25 minutes at 6.50 am. Here are some of the key things he said.
Modi said no other ‘day’ declared by the United Nations had ever got “as much acceptance and encouragement from the general public” as much as the International Day of Yoga has got. “Some people fail to understand yoga,” he said.
He also said that yoga is not religious in nature. “Yoga is even for atheists.” He went on to urge everyone at large to not criticise Yoga Day.
On yoga as a lifestyle component, he termed it “insurance at zero budget”. “Yoga is the way to know yourself, in this real world. For the afterlife, there is religion. Yoga is for the here and now.”
“Yoga is also creating millions and billions worth of systems and jobs across the world,” the PM said. “Yoga is developing as a major trade... To all those great people associated with the trade, I want to say this and urge them: We will again celebrate Yoga Day next year; until then, let’s concentrate on diabetes. The year round, let’s make it our primary target for the year. India is seeing a rise in diabetes. It can at least be controlled. Let’s start a mass movement... We will pick some other ailment next year...”
Awards from next year
He also declared that two awards, one national and the other international, would be given for promotion of yoga by the Indian government from next year. “We can even go right down to the district level on this,” he said.
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