New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will perform yoga at a public event next month, part of his international drive to increase participation in the ancient Indian discipline.
Modi will practice physical poses and breathing control at the event on the country’s main ceremonial avenue, in the capital New Delhi, on 21 June, government and ruling party officials said.
The United Nations declared 21 June the first International Day of Yoga after adopting a measure proposed by the Modi government. Modi used his first speech at the UN General Assembly in September to call for such a day to be recognised.
Yoga lets people “discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature”, Modi said at the time.
Modi is an enthusiastic practitioner of yoga. He says he performs Yoga exercises every day and credits them with giving him energy so he only needs a few hours sleep each night.
In November, Modi appointed India’s first minister to promote yoga and traditional medicines as he embarked on a mission to increase awareness about home-grown health treatments.
Modi also introduced a plan to allow government officials to practice yoga at work.
Police are drawing up security plans to manage the crowd at the event, which will take place on an avenue running between the presidential palace and a memorial arch called India Gate, said an interior ministry official.
Other senior politicians including home minister Rajnath Singh may join Modi in practicing yoga, an official with Modi’s Bharitya Janata Party said.