Indian sprinter Hima Das congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju for launching the Fit India movement on 29 August. Speaking at Indira Gandhi Stadium in Delhi, Prime Minister urged all to make it a mass movement similar to that of Swaach Bharat Mission. At a colorful ceremony, which included a presentation of India's indigenous martial art forms, dances and sports, the Prime Minister said that technology has contributed to a sedentary lifestyle but fitness has been an integral part of India's culture. He said that the initiative is the need of the hour and will take the country towards a healthier future. Hima Das urged the people to join hands and contribute to make Fit India movement a big movement. Here's what Hima Das had to say to PM Modi:
Congratulations to our honourable Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi ji and @RijijuOffice sir for the launch of #FitIndiaMovement . Lets contribute and make it a big movement. pic.twitter.com/BdQyQDunPJ— Hima MON JAI (@HimaDas8) August 29, 2019
Meanwhile, the launch was also attended by Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and this year's National Sports Awards winners among others. "We will take this movement to new heights with the cooperation of my fellow Indians. I am so glad that this movement is being launched on the birth anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand, our hockey wizard," Rijiju said at the launch. The Prime Minister congratulated the winners of the national sports awards and lauded India's sporting achievements. "Be it boxing, badminton, tennis or any sport, our athletes are giving new wings to our aspirations. Their medals are not just a result of their hard work but also a reflection of a new India's confidence," he said
Rebuking people who do not walk the talk on fitness, PM Modi said that people claim not having sufficient time to focus on fitness. He added that people overeat while debating on dieting. He also shared the sorry state of home gyms. He claimed that some people buy gadgets to help them become fit, but forget to use it.
"Many of you are aware and alert. But in the country, there are many who do not have the time to focus on their fitness. Some things have become a fashion statement. While dining with friends, some people eat more than required and debate about dieting. Such people talk about fitness in rhetoric and buy gadgets related to dieting. They keep such gadgets in the hope of doing dieting. They also have home gyms. But they have to employ people to clean the equipment as they do not use this equipment ever. Such people download fitness apps first. Then they forget about these apps." he added.