Yoga is India's gift to world for health, peace: Modi

Aakanksha Raghuvanshi

Yoga is India

30 Nov 2018: Yoga is India's gift to world for health, peace: Modi

Yoga is India's gift to the world for health and peace, PM Narendra Modi said yesterday, as he highlighted the benefits of the ancient Indian practice for overall well-being.

Addressing participants at a yoga event in Buenos Aires, he said the practice connects everyone to happiness.

Praising the organizers of 'Yoga for Peace' event, Modi said it's hard to think of a better name.

Benefits: Yoga keeps your body and mind healthy, says Modi

"I arrived here just a few hours ago after traveling over 15,000 kilometers in more than 24 hours. Because of your love, enthusiasm, I didn't feel at all that I am outside India," Modi said in Hindi.

Modi, who's in Buenos Aires for G-20 Summit, said, "Yoga keeps both your body and mind healthy. It strengthens your body and keeps your mind at peace."

Importance: 'Yoga is bridging the vast distance between India and Argentina'

Explaining the importance, Modi said if the mind is at peace, there would be peace in family, society, country and the world as well.

"Yoga is India's gift to the world for health, wellness, and peace. It connects us with wellness and happiness. It's bridging the vast distance between India and Argentina. It's connecting the two countries and their people," India's 14th PM said.

Other topics: Indians are big fans of Argentine soccer players: Modi

"While Argentina has a keen interest in India's art, music, and dance, there are lakhs of fans of Argentine soccer players in our country. Maradona's name has become part of our daily conversations and sayings", PM Modi said.

He also congratulated the Argentina hockey team for winning their first match of the Hockey World Cup being held in Odisha.

Resolution: UNGA declared June 21 as International Yoga Day in 2014

Talking of the G-20 summit, Modi said, "Issues such as global economy, sustainable development, climate change, and fugitive economic offenders will be discussed during the summit. These are in the interest of the entire world, and not just India and Argentina."

Notably, the UN General Assembly in 2014 adopted a draft-resolution, declaring June 21 as International Yoga Day, which was co-sponsored by 177 countries.