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International Yoga Day 2021: Political Leaders Practice Yoga Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Urge People To Adopt The Ancient Practice

Here is how the political leaders in India are celebrating International Yoga Day 2021, the day dedicated to raising awareness about the mental and physical benefits of the ancient practice

International Yoga Day 2021: Political Leaders Practice Yoga Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Urge People To Adopt The Ancient Practice

New Delhi: According to the Ministry of Ayush, Yoga is essential for attaining mental and physical well-being. The ancient practice has become even more relevant now as the world fights the devastating COVID-19 pandemic as it helps in strengthening the immune system as well, say experts. In his address on the occasion of the International Yoga Day that is celebrated every year on June 21, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called yoga a ray light that takes people from stress to strength and from negativity to creativity.

Also Read: Yoga Helped People During Pandemic, Has Increasing Global Acceptance: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

As the world observes the seventh edition of International Yoga Day on Monday, political leaders in India practiced yoga to mark the day:

President Ram Nath Kovind also performed yoga on International Yoga Day. President Kovid said via social media,

Greetings! Our ancient seers’ vision of bringing mind-body together to achieve holistic health and happiness has benefited millions over millennia. One of India’s great gifts to the world, it can be especially helpful during COVID-19.

M. Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President took to Twitter to share his message for the International Yoga Day. He performed yoga along with his wife Usha Naidu. He said,

“Yoga is a light, which once lit will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter your flame.”- B.K.S. Iyengar. On the occasion of #InternationalDayOfYoga, let us resolve to brighten our lives physically, mentally and spiritually by practising #Yoga every day. #YogaDay

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Dr Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Health and Family Welfare who performed yoga at Maharaja Agrasen Park in Delhi on the occasion of International Yoga Day said,

Yoga offers trinity of physical, mental & spiritual well-being! Embrace our traditional wealth of #YogaForWellness & celebrate #InternationalDayOfYoga to spread its light further across the globe!

Emphasizing on the theme of International Yoga Day 2021 ‘Yoga for Wellbeing’, Union Minister of Sports and Minister of State for Ayush, Kiren Rijiju said,

Yoga not only improves overall health and immunity but also contributes to a quicker recovery of patients from diseases. In the current scenario where large sections of the population are enduring stress and anxiety-related challenges due to COVID-19, Yoga offers effective solutions.

Mr Rijiju took to Twitter to share pictures of himself performing yoga and urged people to do the same.

Also Read: As World Fights COVID, Yoga Remains A Ray Of Hope: Says PM Modi On International Yoga Day 2021

Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare also extended his wishes for the occasion and performed yoga.

Also Read: Union Health Minister Releases COVID-19 Management Protocol Based On Ayurveda And Yoga

Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises performed yoga in Nagpur.

Union Minister of Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi highlighted the important of yoga in ensuring good health and wellbeing. He said,

Along with medicine, meditation has also played an important role to ensure good health and well being of the people during Corona pandemic.

Focusing on the theme of this year’s International Yoga Day, Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Minister of Steel said on Twitter,

May yoga lead us to consciousness, may yoga lead us to achieve our potential. May yoga lead us to health, happiness and fulfilment.

Manohar Lala Khattar, Chief Minister of Haryana performed Yoga in Chandigarh to motivate others to follow a healthy lifestyle.

“On the occasion of International Day Of Yoga, practiced Yoga at my Delhi residence,” said Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change; Information and Broadcasting; Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises. He added,

Morning shows the day, and Yoga morning brightens the day with positive energy. Make Yoga a part of daily routine.

Also Read: How Yoga Can Improve Your Mental Health Especially During Coronavirus Pandemic

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World

22,70,55,138Cases
18,97,86,461Active
3,25,98,424Recovered
46,70,253Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,70,55,138 and 46,70,253 have died; 18,97,86,461 are active cases and 3,25,98,424 have recovered as on September 17, 2021 at 5:36 am.

India

3,33,81,728 34,403Cases
3,39,0563,867Active
3,25,98,424 37,950Recovered
4,44,248 320Deaths
In India, there are 3,33,81,728 confirmed cases including 4,44,248 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,39,056 and 3,25,98,424 have recovered as on September 17, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,11,525 3,595

52,893 310

63,20,310 3,240

1,38,322 45

Kerala

44,46,228 22,182

1,86,754 4,559

42,36,309 26,563

23,165 178

Karnataka

29,65,191 1,108

16,202 282

29,11,434 808

37,555 18

Tamil Nadu

26,40,361 1,693

16,756 120

25,88,334 1,548

35,271 25

Andhra Pradesh

20,34,786 1,367

14,708 105

20,06,034 1,248

14,044 14

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,628 23

193 11

16,86,549 11

22,886 1

West Bengal

15,59,567 707

8,025 25

15,32,922 725

18,620 7

Delhi

14,38,373 28

409 5

14,12,880 22

25,084 1

Odisha

10,18,298 580

5,335 105

10,04,845 681

8,118 4

Chhattisgarh

10,04,988 31

352 2

9,91,077 29

13,559

Rajasthan

9,54,230 4

103 1

9,45,173 5

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,677 22

149 0

8,15,446 22

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,374 7

119 5

7,81,738 12

10,517

Haryana

7,70,697 9

327 8

7,60,562 17

9,808

Bihar

7,25,864 12

72 6

7,16,134 6

9,658

Telangana

6,62,785 259

5,282 43

6,53,603 301

3,900 1

Punjab

6,01,180 30

314 11

5,84,399 38

16,467 3

Assam

5,97,074 468

5,381 15

5,85,914 479

5,779 4

Jharkhand

3,48,102 6

102 8

3,42,867 14

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,330 20

284 12

3,35,657 32

7,389

Jammu And Kashmir

3,27,466 170

1,421 72

3,21,630 98

4,415

Himachal Pradesh

2,16,430 127

1,568 82

2,11,215 206

3,647 3

Goa

1,75,183 95

699 1

1,71,195 96

3,289

Puducherry

1,25,170 107

963 63

1,22,380 42

1,827 2

Manipur

1,17,913 216

2,614 7

1,13,478 219

1,821 4

Tripura

83,787 31

427 26

82,553 56

807 1

Meghalaya

78,958 229

1,804 140

75,784 86

1,370 3

Mizoram

76,591 1,121

13,888 85

62,449 1,202

254 4

Chandigarh

65,168 4

31 2

64,319 2

818

Arunachal Pradesh

53,990 47

536 9

53,183 56

271

Sikkim

30,802 64

775 28

29,648 36

379

Nagaland

30,763 32

505 14

29,610 44

648 2

Ladakh

20,631 6

41 1

20,383 5

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

5 0

10,661

4

Lakshadweep

10,353

4 0

10,298

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,595 3

15 2

7,451 1

129

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