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VEDANTA MASS MEDIAInternational Day of Yoga as Soft Cultural Power  

 

 

         

     International Day of Yoga as Soft Cultural Power of Bharat Mata

 

 

 

     December 2014 the UN General Assembly had adopted an India-led resolution declaring June 21 as "International Day of Yoga", recognising that "Yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being".


     Recently external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has declared India's yoga outreach and projection as global soft cultural power. The minister made it clear that India will celebrate the UN-designated Yoga Day on June 21 in all 193 member-countries of the UN. International Day of Yoga logo was unveiled and it was made clear that the Indian government would go all out to celebrate the day both at home and abroad.


     The centuries-old Indian system of yoga, that promotes both mental and physical well-being, has become extremely popular abroad for the past several years. However, there have been cases recently of organisations abroad approaching courts in their countries and contending that yoga is a "Hindu" practice and tradition. Therefore, certain organizations believe thatyoga should not be taught to non-Hindu students. This has triggered fears that certain foreign governments may be under pressure to discourage the teaching of yoga in their countries. Yoga teaches and practitioners both in India and abroad have always maintained point of view that Yoga is a wholistic ancient system that can be practised by all, irrespective of their creed or religion.


     According to news agency reports last December from the United Nations, the resolution on the "International Day of Yoga" had then been introduced by India's Ambassador to UN and had at least 175 nations joining as co-sponsors, the highest number ever for any General Assembly resolution. Through the resolution, adopted under the agenda of "global health and foreign policy", the 193-member General Assembly decided to proclaim June 21 every year as the "International Day of Yoga".

 

     The UN resolution had recognised that yoga "provides a holistic approach to health and well-being" and that a wider dissemination of information about benefits of practising yoga would be beneficial for the health of the world population.

 



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International Yoga Day 21 June 2015
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