Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the reason the International Yoga Day was officially declared by the United Nations to be celebrated on June 21. As the special day enters its fifth year on Friday, events were held across the country almost like a festival. Hema Malini and Shekhar Kapur acknowledged PM’s contribution for the increased significance of the practice and expressed how ‘proud’ they felt about PM Modi as he led a massive celebration in Ranchi.
On International Yoga Day, Hema Malini, who recently took oath as the Lok Sabha Member of Parliament for her second consecutive term, tweeted, “Thanks to @narendramodi ji popularising yoga all over the world, the UN has declared June 21 as the International Yoga Day. Let us celebrate this important awareness day with the rest of the world!”
Also sharing a graphic where she is performing the Yoga asanas, the actor-politician wished her followers and highlighting Yoga’s benefits, urged them to make it a part of their daily routine.
She tweeted, “Yoga is a part of my daily morning routine! The benefits I derive are immense - I request all of u to make it an integral part of ur daily activities too.”
Reading the news of PM Modi leading a Yoga celebration of 40,000 persons in Ranchi, veteran filmmaker Shekhar Kapur too exulted, “Today I am so proud of our prime minister @narendramodi @yog_day" .
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday performed Yoga with around 40,000 enthusiasts at the Prabhat Tara ground and said everybody should practice the ancient Indian discipline lifelong. The Jharkhand capital was selected as the venue for the main event for the 5th International Day of Yoga. Events to mark the day are being held across the country and several of them are being led by Union ministers, including Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh.
PM Modi also said the government has been working to make Yoga a pillar of preventive healthcare.
Expressing concern that young people are becoming vulnerable to heart ailments, Modi said, "Yoga can play a huge role in tackling the issue and hence, this year's theme is 'Yoga for Heart'."
He also appealed to the people to take yoga to all sections of society.
"We should make efforts to take yoga from cities to villages, tribal areas. Yoga is above region, above faith, above everything," Modi told the gathering.
He also stressed that for yoga to become popular, infrastructure for it must be strengthened and said the government was working towards it.
Urging people to make yoga a part of daily life, Modi said:
"Peace and harmony are related to Yoga. People across the world must practice it."