Naqvi says International Yoga Day shouldn’t be linked with religion


Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said that International Yoga Day should not be linked to any religion. Naqvi was reacting to news of some senior clerics and Muslim community leaders opposing a Maharashtra Government order that asked schools to observe the day (21 June) as Yoga Day.

“Everyone should celebrate International Yoga Day as a health event. We don’t think politicising health is good. Yoga is not bound by restrictions of religion, caste, area. Health is wealth and Yoga is the key to that. It should not be linked with religion. Whoever wants to take it they can and people who don’t want to don’t have to,” Naqvi said.

The government is all set to celebrate International Yoga Day on June, 21 with preparations in full swing under the direct supervision of PM Modi.

With the PM insisting on taking every move and not worrying about the budget to make the International Yoga Day on June 21, Sunday, a memorable spectacle, the event has already been registered in the Guinness Book of World Records under ” largest yoga demonstration/class at a single venue.” The event is poised to witness 35 minutes demonstration of 15 Asanas at Rajpath by a massive crowd comprising of 45,000 people, government officials, diplomats, military personnel, Bollywood celebrities of the likes of Amitabh Bachchan, cricketers and PM Modi himself.