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Last Updated : Jun 22, 2015 04:14 PM IST | Source: CNBC-TV18

Yoga defying religious, geographical barriers, says FM

The International Yoga Day, June 21 brought the world together. Several nations took part in the celebrations after Taiwan and Malaysia kicked off the celebrations - yoga events were held in Europe.

From San Francisco to Pris to New Delhi, the International Yoga Day, June 21 brought the world together. Several nations took part in the celebrations after Taiwan and Malaysia kicked off the celebrations - yoga events were held in Europe.

Volunteers in Paris performed yoga under the Eiffel Tower, while in London volunteers held yoga events on the banks of the Thames river

Celebrations were also held in Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and China. Hundreds of enthusiasts gathered at Indian embassies across the globe to take part in yoga events.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was at the UN Headquarters in New York - along with UN General Secy, General Ban Ki Moon.

Speaking to CNBC-TV18's Shereen Bhan about the enthusiastic response to the International Yoga Day world over, Finance minister Arun Jaitley who participated in yoga celebrations in San Francisco, said, “I would attribute it to two factors. One is the concern that everyone has about human health and human body. The other is in a world of conflicts and tensions, people looking for calmer alternatives. Yoga, which has been an ancient art or a science as some preferred to call it in India, over the last centuries has been codified also and the practitioners have hugely benefited from it.”

He added: “Today we have reached a situation where it is defying any kind of a religious barrier, it is defying geographical barriers. You have the United Nations sponsoring the International Yoga Day, with 191 countries participating and the participants in these entire programmes world over are not merely people of Indian origin, they are people from all nationalities and communities. In the US I am told, it is being celebrated at 300 different places and that itself shows the immense reach and popularity and acceptability which Yoga world over is acquiring.”

When he was asked about the US immigration concerns for the India IT industry, he said it is not an issue that would be resolved overnight.

“I've had a meeting with the concerned secretaries in the US Government who are my counterparts - the Treasury Secretary, the Commerce Secretary and the USDR. I've had discussions with them, and this is a problem which is not going to be resolved overnight. It is a problem where you keep flagging the issue, the Americans keep flagging their issues and quite frequently we find meeting points,” he added.

First Published on Jun 22, 2015 10:39 am
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