AHMEDABAD: Union home minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said PM Modi has taken Indian culture and traditions to the global stage through the International Yoga Day, which is celebrated across the world on June 21.
Amit Shah plants a sapling at a garden in Shilaj
PM Modi will be leading the Yoga Day celebrations at the lawns of the United Nations headquarters in New York on Wednesday.
Addressing a gathering in Ahmedabad, Shah said PM Modi turned the practice of yoga into a public movement which has benefited many people. Modi has become the first head of a country to lead the Yoga Day celebrations at the UN, he said.
“Through Yoga Day, PM Modi took Indian culture and traditions to the entire world. The entire world has embraced yoga and it is celebrated in 170 countries on June 21,” said Shah after inaugurating a public garden near Shilaj area of the city.
“Our ancient research proved that we will not need medicines if we perform yoga regularly. Narendra Bhai turned this ancient knowledge into a public movement and inspired people to embrace this lifestyle. This practice has changed the lives of many people,” he added.
Earlier in the day, Shah inaugurated a railway overbridge in Jagatpur area of the city and a public garden at New Ranip. On the occasion, he urged the invited guests, including builders associated with Credai (Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India), to plant more trees and take the activity as a movement. He asked the builders to plant at least 25 trees in each of the schemes they have developed so far in the state.
He also thanked Credai for announcing that it will provide sports and games equipment in 75 ‘anganwadis’. “It will do away with the inferiority complex that anganwadi children face and will also promote sports and games as a routine in their lives,” Shah remarked. Shah also visited the 400-year-old Jagannath Temple in Jamalpur on the occasion of Rath Yatra and participated in the ‘mangala aarti’ on Tuesday morning.