In the wake of opposition from Muslim groups, the Centre has dropped Surya Namaskar from the asanas to be performed by the people all over the country to mark the International Day of Yoga on June 21.
Dubbing yoga as a “Hindu religious practices” and protesting the act of making it compulsory in educational institutions, the All India Muslim Personal Board (AIMPB) also demanded the removal of Surya Namaskar which has been made compulsory in schools.
A part of yogic asanas, Surya Namaskar is done for a holistic development of the human body. In April, the government had come under attack on the use of “Aum”, a Hindu chant, while issuing a common protocol for celebration of the International Yoga Day.
However, the government is making all preparation for the mega event on June 21 that is expected to witness 40,000 people from across the country performing asanas at Rajpath in Delhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to address the gathering to mark the International Yoga Day on June 21.
The programme which will be conducted between 7 am and 7.35 am in the entire country simultaneously and is likely to be attended by celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Shilpa Shetty and Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli.
“Our ministry is also trying to register the mega event in the Guinness Book of World Records,” minister of state for Ayush Shripad Naik said.
He said free yoga camps are being organised in 651 districts while 100 such camps will be held in Delhi to observe the day. External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, along with Naik, will launch a special portal for the event on June 9.
In December last year, the UN General Assembly adopted June 21 as International Yoga Day after PM Modi urged the world community to celebrate the ancient discipline on a global scale. With over 175 nations supporting Modi’s proposal, the move was seen as major diplomatic win for India.