School Education and Sports Minister Vinod Tawde Thursday said some parties were unnecessarily making a political issue out of the government’s decision to celebrate International Yoga Day. In a press statement issued late Thursday evening, he said, “Yoga is not against any religion or any community. It is sad that some parties are making it a political issue.”
“Political parties like All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) are making this a political issue, which it is not. We are shocked about it. June 21 is going to be celebrated as International Yoga Day. All other states will be celebrating it and so will Maharashtra. There is no intention of hurting religious beliefs of any community,” said Tawde, who is in Amravati at present.
He added, “As far as Surya namaskar is concerned, it is not the only aasana in yoga. Besides, the school education department has not made it mandatory for schools to celebrate yoga day. Though we wish schools to celebrate yoga day in large numbers, those schools which do not wish to celebrate yoga day can do so and there is no question of taking action against them. The idea behind this is to show the importance of yoga to school children and teachers. Starting from June 21, an era of yoga in true sense will begin across the state and all over the country.”