Dehradun, June 21: On the occasion of International Yoga Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Yoga is India’s gift to the world and a passport for wellness.
Addressing the gathering Modi here said,” Yoga is India’s gift to the world. It is a passport for wellness. The world has embraced Yoga and glimpses of this can be seen in the manner in which International Day of Yoga has been marked every year. In fact, Yoga Day has become one of the biggest mass movements in the quest for good health and well-being.”
Highlighting the power of yoga and its outreach, the Prime stated “In today’s fast changing time, Yoga binds together a person’s body, brain and soul, hence making one experience a feeling of peace. Dehradun se Dublin tak, Shanghai se Chicago tak, Jakarta se Johannesburg tak, Yoga hi Yoga hai (From Dehradun to Dublin, Sanghai to Chicago, Jakarta to Johannesburg, there is Yoga all around). Yoga has become one of the unifying forces of the world.”
Speaking about India’s role in promoting yoga, he said India should be honoured to be the “guardians of the great practice.”
“We should be proud of our culture. On the contrary, if we doubt our tradition and culture then the world will not put its faith in us,” Prime Minister Modi added.
Along with the Prime Minister, more than 50,000 yoga enthusiasts kick-started India’s International Yoga Day celebrations at Dehradun-based Forest Research Institute.
Today marks the fourth edition of International Day of Yoga.
In December 2014, following a request from Modi, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga.