Union Home Minister Amit Shah has credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi today for taking yoga to the world. He said that the ancient Indian practice has become the ambassador of the country’s culture around the world. Mr. Shah said it was PM Modi’s initiative for which yoga has got international recognition and June 21 is now celebrating as the International Yoga Day.

The United Nations General Assembly declared June 21 as the ‘International Day of Yoga’, months after Prime Minister Modi proposed the idea. “Modi ji has helped take yoga to the world. It has also helped promote our culture. Yoga today has become ambassador of our culture to the world and has helped attract millions across the world to our culture… it has played a key role in promoting our culture,” Mr. Shah said.

“I want to humbly tell those pointing fingers that today, on this occasion, in 200 nations crores of people who are doing yoga will help inspire millions of children, who will take a pledge to connect yoga with their life,” he added.

Mr. Shah further claimed that many people gave their contribution to promoting yoga but international recognition came only in 2014. “Several people held different programs and contributed to reviving yoga. But it gained recognition at the world level when the country witnessed a big change in 2014 when people decided to elect Narendra Modi as the prime minister,” said Mr. Shah.

He expressed his happiness on seeing a gathering of 1 lakh to 1.5 lakh attending early morning yoga camps of Ramdev. “I want to express gratitude and thank all those who have helped promote yoga and make it as a revolution,” he said.  “Yoga is the symbol of India’s ancient history and diversity which is showing the world the way towards a healthy life,” he tweeted after the event.

Mr. Shah, Manohar Lal Khattar and others performed various yoga ‘asanas’ including ‘Kapal Bhati’, ‘Anulom Vilom’ and ‘Bhramari Pranayama’.

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