Prime Minister Narendra Modi led over 50,000 enthusiasts performing asanas on 4th International Yoga day at the picturesque Forest Research Institute in Dehradun this morning. He said the ancient Indian discipline has emerged as the most powerful unifying force in a strife-torn world.
Calling yoga a biggest mass movement across the globe in the quest for good health and wellbeing, he said it is crucial to the creation of a peaceful world.
“Dehradun to Dublin, Shanghai to Chicago, Jakarta to Johannesburg, Himalayan highlands or sunburnt deserts, Yoga is enriching millions of lives all over the world,” the Prime Minister said, adding Yoga fosters amity in societies which can form the basis of national unity.
Today people all over the world have come to look upon yoga as something which belongs to them, Modi said even as he underlined that the proposal for the Yoga Day at the UN was accepted in record time with a majority of nations supporting it.
He also asked people to learn to honour their own legacy and heritage if they wanted the rest of the world to respect them.
“India’s legacy of which yoga is a significant part is unique and rich. We must take pride in it,” the prime minister said, adding that it has the power to promote universal bortherhood as it unites and assimilates instead of dividing.
The growing popularity of yoga across the globe has brought India closer to the world and this position is going to get strengthened in times to come, he said.
“Instead of dividing, yoga unites. Instead of further animosity, yoga assimilates… Instead of increasing suffering, yoga heals,” he said.
Modi arrived at the FRI at around 6.30 am and addressed the people before performing asanas with them.
The prime minister had earlier participated in yoga celebrations at Rajpath in New Delhi in 2015, the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh in 2016, and the Ramabai Ambedkar Sabha Sthal in Lucknow in 2017.