Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh has said, the message should go out loud and clear, far and wide, that just as India has proved its capacity to lead the world in the field of Yoga and today every country is following it, similarly, India is ready to lead the world in every other sphere as well.“Just as India has led the world in Yoga, let us pledge that India will also lead the world in every other sphere”, he said. He was speaking on the occasion of the International Yoga Day in Jammu today,
It is a matter dual pride, said Dr Jitendra Singh, that “India gave Yoga to world and Shri Narendra Modi gave International Yoga Day to world, because it was he, as Prime Minister, who placed this proposal before United Nations and was accepted by a record number of 177 UN members”.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, International Yoga Day is no longer confined to Yoga alone, but this day has assumed a larger and a far more significant role of uniting the entire mankind and, therefore, can also be described as “International Unity Day”. Regardless of nationality, religion, cult, ideology or language, diverse nations on this planet have come together to practice Yoga, at the same time, on the same day, at the behest of India and on the call of the Indian Prime Minister.
Complimenting Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and Nehru Yuva Kendra, Dr Jitendra Singh said, this is for the first time that this Ministry has undertaken an initiative at such a large scale. He informed that through the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and Nehru Yuva Kendra, simultaneous Yoga programmes are being held today across the country at 1,00,000 villages, 250 districts and mega events at 10 cities including Varanasi, Imphal, Shimla, Jammu, Vadodara, Lucknow, Bengaluru, Vijayawada, Bhubaneshwar and Hoshiarpur.
Dr Jitendra Singh also appreciated the participation of representatives from Pitanjali,Bharat Yoga Sansthan,Brahma Kumaris,NSS and other organizations.
In his capacity as Diabetologist or medical specialist of Diabetes, Dr Jitendra Singh also referred to at least 10 Yoga Asanas which have been universally acknowledged for control of diabetes. These include Pranayam, Setubandhasana, Balasana, Vajrasana, Sarvangasana, Halasana, Dhanurasana, Chakrasana, Paschimotasana and Ardh-Matsyendrasana, he added.
Jammu & Kashmir Health Minister Bali Bhagat, who was also present on the occasion, said that similar programme is also being held in Bakshi Stadium at Srinagar and different district headquarters in the State.
Also present on the occasion were Member of Parliament Jugal Kishore Sharma, State Industries Minister Chandra Prakash Ganga, All India Director General Nehru Yuva Kendra Major General (Retd) Dilawar Singh, Yoga Guru Karan , and Yoga Expert Dr. T.R. Raina,