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“Yoga unites the world” – Prime Minister

 “Yoga has emerged as the biggest unifying force in the world.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said. He was leading close to 50,000 people today to mark the fourth International Yoga Day celebrations while many union ministers are participating in similar events across the

The Prime Minister reached the venue a little after 6:30 am, addressed the gathering and performed yoga along with those assembled there. PM Modi, who arrived in Dehradun late last evening, was welcomed at the airport by Uttarakhand Governor Krishna Kant Paul, Chief Minister TS Rawat and a host of other leaders and officials.

Greeting yoga enthusiasts across the world on the occasion, PM Modi said that yoga has become the biggest mass movement and it has shown the world the path from illness to wellness. “Instead of increasing suffering, Yoga heals,” PM Modi said before he went on to perform the asanas.

Wearing a white t-shirt and a pair of white trousers, PM Modi performed breathing exercises and asanas on the lawns of the Forest Research Institute (FRI). Giving him company were thousands of other yoga enthusiasts who performed the asanas on saffron yoga mats. It was the Prime Minister who led the chanting of the first round of ‘Om’.

Thanking PM Modi for selecting Dehradun to host the main event,Uttarakhand Chief Minister TS Rawat said the move will boost tourism in the state.

Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Suresh Prabhu, Uma Bharti, Ram Vilas Paswan, Ravi Shankar Prasad are participating in yoga events in Lucknow, Nagpur, Chennai, Rudraprayag, Hajipur and Patna respectively.

Earlier In December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly had declared that June 21 would be observed as International Day of Yoga every year.