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PM Modi not to perform Yoga at Rajpath event on June 21: Sushma

PTI 09 Jun 2015, 19:00:30 IST
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not perform yoga at the mega event on Rajpath to mark the ‘International Yoga Day' on June 21, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today.

Swaraj, who was briefing the reporters on the arrangements to mark the Day, said “he (Modi) will grace the occasion and address the gathering but he will not perform yoga.”

She was asked if the Prime Minister will perform yoga at the mega event on Rajpath which is expected to be attended by 35,000 people.

Modi, an avid practitioner of yoga for years, has been tweeting various ‘asanas' and talking about their benefits in the run up to the International Yoga Day.  The UN General Assembly had in December adopted an India-led resolution declaring June 21 as ‘International Yoga Day' three months after the Prime Minister had proposed the idea.

Describing yoga as the “soft power” of India, Swaraj said “the initiative India had taken there was a reason behind this...that the world which is now engulfed in violence should be taken to a path of peace.

“Yoga is India's soft power. Through that soft power, our goal is the world attains peace also bring down violence in the world.”