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International Yoga Day: Indian peacemakers to join the celebration

Isha Foundation founder and spiritual leader Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev will participate in the event.

By: PTI | United Nations | Published: June 16, 2016 11:54 am
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Indian peacekeepers serving in UN missions, participants from about 100 nationalities and top UN diplomats will join the second celebration of International Yoga day next week with emphasis on how Yoga can help in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin said this year’s celebration of the International Yoga Day will lay special emphasis on enhancing awareness that Yoga is a holistic approach and not just a physical activity. India’s Permanent Mission will organise on June 20 the first ‘Conversation with Yoga Masters’ that will “seek to enrich our collective understanding of the unique features of Yoga and its role for the achievement of SDGs.

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“Isha Foundation founder and spiritual leader Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev will participate in the event. On June 21, the Indian mission in association with the UN Department of Public Information will commemorate the Yoga day at the world body’s headquarters that will be attended by General Assembly President Morgens Lykketoft, Under Secretary General for Communications and Public Information Cristina Gallach and Sadhguru, who will lead a simple Yoga practice.

The event will include a musical incantation on Yoga and renowned British singer Tanya Wells will recite Sanskrit shlokas. Akbaruddin said a huge and diverse turnout is expected at the Yoga Day gathering at the UN Secretariat Circle, with participants from 100 nationalities having registered for the event so far. Ambassadors and diplomats from various countries will also share their own experiences of how Yoga has influenced their life styles.

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Indian peacekeepers are also practicing to observe the Yoga Day in the 13 peacekeeping operations where they are currently deployed, including in South Sudan, Congo and Lebanon, “tangibly demonstrating the role of Yoga in promoting peace and harmony,” the Indian envoy added. A host of other events have also been organised by the Indian Consulate in association with the local Indian community organizations in the New York tri-state area.

For the commemoration, the Consulate has partnered with more than 25 associations. The organisations will be hosting special Yoga sessions in schools, temples as well as at the JFK International Airport and Newark Airport. A special yoga day celebration will also be commemorated at the Kresge Auditorium of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge.

The first International Yoga Day was commemorated at the UN with aplomb last year, with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj leading the celebrations along with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. In December 2014, the UN General Assembly had adopted a resolution with a record number of 177 co-sponsoring member states to establish the International Day of Yoga to be commentated every year on June 21.

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    Gopakumar
    Jun 21, 2016 at 4:17 pm
    There are different views on observing Yoga Day. Because it is organized by BJP, the Congress, Communist and their allies either keep away from the celebration or criticize. My dear fellow citizen, if you happen to be in a church to attend a marriage function, you have to strictly follow their discipline; during the Ramzan fasting on day time, you are not permitted to take any food/drink during day time in any Muslim majority area; you are provided with their feast after sunset which you are willing to eat without hesitation. Please note, we have freedom, rather our country is the best one wherein we have freedom to any extent and we are misusing by disobeying the guidance issued by the Government (whichever party it may be, it came to power because of majority) and the criticism against the Nation is openly shown in the Television and other media. Please also note, this is watched by our neighboring countries - even our enemies - and they ess our unity. It is very much harmful to ourself and our country. It is high time that irrespective of the party you or me or any one in our country has, we should respect the Ruling party which comes to power and obey in the national interest.
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