Nothing wrong in chanting ‘Om’ during Yoga: Salma Ansari
Referring to the ongoing controversy over chanting of vedic mantras while performing yoga, vice-president Hamid Ansari’s wife Salma Ansari said on Monday that there is nothing wrong in saying ‘Om’.india Updated: May 23, 2016 15:11 IST
Referring to the ongoing controversy over chanting of vedic mantras while performing yoga, vice-president Hamid Ansari’s wife Salma Ansari said on Monday that there is nothing wrong in saying ‘Om’.
“Nothing wrong in saying ‘Om’, don’t you say ‘Allah’ or God or ‘Rab’? What is the difference? All must do Yoga. And when we pronounce ‘Om’ we get more oxygen,” Ansari said.
“Opposition to Yoga is totally wrong as chanting ‘Om’ improves health, I would have had few damaged bones if not for Yoga,” she added.
Ansari’s comments come in the backdrop of accusations made by the Opposition, that the Centre was pushing its ‘Hindutva’ agenda by asking participants to chant vedic mantras during the Yoga Day event.
The chanting of ‘Om’ and vedic mantras has been included in the common protocol - just as was the case last year - for celebrating International Day of Yoga on June 21, triggering a controversy similar to what was witnessed when the event was held earlier.
The Congress however, criticised the BJP-led government for being ‘insensitive’, saying yoga, a great discipline of ancient India, does not belong to the saffron party.
JD(U) termed it as yet another attempt to ‘impose the communal agenda’ on Indian masses.
First Published: May 23, 2016 14:12 IST