Grand yoga activities planned at Times Square, National Mall.
By Sujeet Rajan
NEW YORK: Sushma Swaraj, India’s minister of external affairs, will be the chief dignitary and would lead a delegation from India at the International Day of Yoga, to be celebrated in New York City and elsewhere around the world, on June 21, which also marks the Summer Solstice.
The event on June 21 would also mark the culmination of one of the pet projects of prime minister Narendra Modi, who has been instrumental in getting the United Nations to endorse the meet last year, on December 11.
More than 170 countries, including the US, supported Modi’s cause for an international yoga day. In all, 175 nations co-sponsored the resolution India put forward at the UN.
Swaraj will lead a delegation from India to New York City, to commemorate the event, with Times Square to see a buzz of sponsored yoga activities, according to a source who spoke to The American Bazaar, on condition of anonymity.
For the past 13 years, Times Square Alliance has been holding an internationally publicized yoga event on June 21, to mark the Summer Solstice. Hundreds of yoga lovers converge for that event. This year, it would be a record turnout for sure.
Swaraj will also head to Washington, DC, the same day, where the Indian Embassy is organizing a day-long event at the National Mall, which will see yoga practitioners and enthusiasts gather in large numbers.
Since India’s new ambassador to the US, Arun Kumar Singh, took office, the embassy has hosted two high profile yoga events this month, in a lead-up to the June 21st event: talk sessions by Sri Sri Ravishankar – who is credited with having mooted the idea of an International Day of Yoga more than 10 years ago – and Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev.