On 21st June, India and other countries celebrated International Yoga Day 2016. The main event is being held in Chandigarh in the presence of PM Narendra Modi who joined over 30,000 people at the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh for the second International Yoga Day celebrations.
He 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 amid tight security. Earlier addressing the gathering, he said that Yoga is not a religious activity and pitched for treating diabetes through yoga.
"Yoga is not a religious activity. Many people do not understand yoga completely. It is not what you will get from yoga but what is important is what you will give to yoga and what all (ailments) will it rid you of."
"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
"All people belonging to the yoga field, whatever knowledge they have, they must continue with the rest of their yoga activities but this (diabetes) must be the main focus," Modi said
"It will be an achievement if we can help in treating diabetes. From next year, we can take another disease. But I want that for good health, we should address any one disease every year. We should run a public campaign with an aim to address one disease," he said
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UN headquarters lit up for #YogaDay
with Tri Colour
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Here are some snapshots of the event: