Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday led Yoga Day celebrations as he was joined by over 30,000 people in Chandigarh.
While speaking on the occasion, Modi pitched for treating diseases like diabetes through the ancient spiritual discipline
Dressed in a white-coloured t-shirt and trouser along with a scarf, the prime minister participated in a mass demonstration of ‘Common Yoga Protocol’. A yoga enthusiast himself, he performed yoga ‘asanas’ along with the people at the event
According to PTI, over 30,000 people from all ages — 10,000 each from Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana — performed yoga ‘asanas’ on pink and blue coloured mats during the event. Separately, about 10,000 people also performed yoga at over 100 other locations in Chandigarh itself.
Earlier addressing the gathering, Modi pitched for treating diabetes through yoga
“I want to request trainers who are associated with yoga, from this public platform. From next year when we celebrate yoga day, in this one year, you continue to do what you do for yoga but focus on one subject and this is my subject — diabetes — Diabetes and yoga,” he said
“All people belonging to the yoga field, whatever knowledge they have, they must continue with the rest of their yoga activities but this (diabetes) must be the main focus,” Modi said
Expressing concern over rising number of patients suffering from diabetes, Modi asked yoga trainers to help in controlling the disease
“In India, patients suffering from diabetes are rising
We might be able to get rid of this disease or not but with the help of yoga, diabetes can be controlled. Can we start a public campaign to suggest measures in yoga to the common man suffering from diabetes
“It will be an achievement if we can help in treating diabetes. From next year, we can take another disease. But I want that for good health, we should address any one disease every year. We should run a public campaign with an aim to address one disease,” he said
Yoga is not only a way to get rid of a disease but it also guarantees wellness. For holistic development of lives, yoga is a great way, he said. .