PM Narendra Modi leads International Yoga Day celebrations in Chandigarh
Updated On : 21 Jun 2016,11:05 AM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today joined over 30,000 people here for the second International Yoga Day celebrations as he pitched for treating diseases like diabetes through the ancient spiritual discipline.
Modi, dressed in a white-coloured t-shirt and trouser along with a scarf, led over 30,000 participants, including defence forces personnel and school children, for the second International Day of Yoga celebrations here at the Capitol Complex amid tight security.
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.
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.
“India has given invaluable heritage to the world as we celebrate the second International Yoga Day. The world has accepted it in their way. Today from Indian government side, I am going to announce two awards. Next year, when yoga day will be celebrated on June 21, then from India, there will be a selection for two awards,” Modi said.
After performing Yoga, the Prime Minister mingled with the people at the event, some of whom even took selfies with him. He also met handicapped participants during the event.
For the main event, the emphasis this year was on the participation of ‘Divyangs’ (handicapped persons), a term coined by Prime Minister Modi for the differently-abled.
Punjab and Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki, who is also Union Territory Chandigarh’a Administrator, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar were among those present at the event.