States are in a ‘Twist’ over International Yoga Day Celebration

States are in a ‘Twist’ over International Yoga Day Celebration

New Delhi: Thousands of people may be gearing up to bend and stretch on international yoga day on Sunday, but states ruled by the BJP’s rivals may not share the Prime Minister’s enthusiasm for the high-profile event because of political compulsions.

International Yoga Day is a part of Narendra Modi’s efforts to popularise the ancient Indian practice across the world, but states such as Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have been lukewarm to the June 21 programme that critics have slammed as an effort to undermine India’s secular traditions.

Delhi’s outdoor yoga session has created the maximum buzz, with some 35,000 government employees, students and other citizens expected to roll out their yoga mats early morning on Raj Path, the city’s main boulevard near Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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