Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Minister ML Khattar on Friday led the International Yoga Day event in Haryana, Rohtak. The two leaders along with thousands of people performed asanas including Kapal Bhati, Anulom Vilom and Bhramari Pranayama. Soon after the programme was culminated, the chaos broke out at the venue after participants looted yoga mats.
In a tweet, the news agency ANI posted the video and said, “Haryana: A pandemonium broke out in Rohtak after people looted yoga mats from the venue where Union Home Minister Amit Shah & CM ML Khattar had participated in the programme for #InternationalDayofYoga earlier today.”
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#WATCH Haryana: A pandemonium broke out in Rohtak after people looted yoga mats from the venue where Union Home Minister Amit Shah & CM ML Khattar had participated in the programme for #InternationalDayofYoga earlier today. pic.twitter.com/8ZVjJZOh74— ANI (@ANI) June 21, 2019
It is to be noted that thousands of were laid down by the government for the participants. As soon as the event came to an end, participants started looting yoga mats and even fighting one another over it. Though government officials tried to gather the mats, several participants managed to take them home.
The Tribune quoted a participant as saying, “We are taking the mats with us. We want to do yoga when we get home.”
Speaking at the event, Home Minister Amit Shah praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts towards promoting Yoga. He said that the centre had worked to promote yoga at a global level and also used it to spread the ‘rich culture’ of India in foreign countries. The Home Minister further described yoga as an ambassador of the country, saying that it was connecting foreigners to the ancient art and heritage of India.
The United Nations declared June 21 as International Day of Yoga in 2014 after PM Modi called for the day to be declared as a global celebration of yoga, an ancient practice that originated in India more than 5,000 years ago, that has now become a worldwide phenomenon.
In December 2016, UNESCO inscribed Yoga as the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity which was one of the greatest achievement for Yoga at an international platform.