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‘Yoga’ a cultural asset, must not be seen in religious context: Rajnath

Lucknow: Maintaining that yoga is a cultural asset of the country, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said it must not be seen in religious context.

Talking to reporters after attending an Iftar party in Lucknow, Singh said almost 191 countries across the world celebrated International Yoga Day last year.

“When this decision of observing Yoga Day was taken in the United Nations, around 46 Islamic countries supported this move. So it should not been seen on the basis of religion, but on the basis of humanity,” Singh said.

“Yoga is an asset of Indian culture and that is why the United Nation decided to observe June 21 as International Yoga Day,” he added.

Singh also said that the yoga is a medium to maintain a balance between body, mind and soul.

Meanwhile, the nation is all set to commemorate the second International Day of Yoga which will be celebrated across the globe tomorrow.

The theme this year is to ‘connect the youth’.

The main event will take place in Chandigarh where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the celebrations at the Capitol Complex of the City by participating in a mass Yoga demonstration with around 30 thousand people.

The function which will begin at 6.30 in the morning includes a 45 minute Yoga protocol demonstration.

This year the emphasis is on the participation of Divyangs, Youths, and people from the weaker sections of the society. (ANI)