New Delhi/Bhopal: On June 20- International Day of Yoga – National Cadet Corps (NCC), the premier youth organisation in India is preparing to organise the largest ever demonstration of Yoga by a uniformed organisation on a single day concurrently at multiple venues across India
NCC has made preparations for participation by more than 10,00,000 cadets simultaneously at about 1900 locations in the country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the NCC cadets during the PM’s NCC Rally at New Delhi on 28 January 15 had exhorted the NCC to join the Yoga programme on International Day of Yoga and create a world record.
From April to June this year, the NCC trained its cadets in yoga. For this, nearly 2700 venues in India were utilized and about 1800 instructors employed. The mammoth task of training over 10,00,000 NCC cadets was accomplished by all the 17 NCC Directorates in the the States and Union Territories.
In Bhopal, the capital of the Central India State of Madhya Pradesh, the International Day of Yoga will be observed at the imposing Lal Parade Grounds. State Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will be present on this occasion.
Madhya Pradesh Additional Chief Secretary R. Mohanty today morning visited Lal Parade Ground and took took stock of preparations being made by the distict administration for the big event.
In Delhi, during the run up for the International Day of Yoga events, Shripad Naik, India’s Minister of State for Ministry of AYUSH released a book titled ‘Yoga and Islam’. The Book, complied by Imran Chaudhary and Abhijeet Singh and published by Muslim Rashtriya Manch underscores the point that Yoga has nothing to do with religion and is accepted universally.
Recognizing its universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as International Yoga Day by resolution 69/131. International Yoga Day aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga. The draft resolution establishing the International Day of Yoga was proposed by India and endorsed by a record 175 member states. The proposal was first introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address during the opening of the 69th session of the General Assembly, in which he said: “Yoga is an invaluable gift from our ancient tradition. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action … a holistic approach [that] is valuable to our health and our well-being. Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.”
The resolution notes “the importance of individuals and populations making healthier choices and following lifestyle patterns that foster good health.” In this regard, the World Health Organization has also urged its member states to help their citizens reduce physical inactivity, which is among the top ten leading causes of death worldwide, and a key risk factor for non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes.