Day of Yoga as Soft Cultural Power of Bharat Mata
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".
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.
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.
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".
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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