Yoga day not religious, says Naqvi

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Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

International Yoga Day should not be linked with religion, said Minister of State for Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, on Thursday, in Delhi.

He was reacting to news of senior clerics and Muslim community leaders opposing the Maharashtra Government’s order to schools to observe the day on June 21.

“Everyone should celebrate International Yoga Day as a health event. We don’t think politicising health is good. Yoga is not bound by restrictions of religion, caste, area. Health is wealth and Yoga is the key to that. It should not be linked with religion. Whoever wants to take it they can and people who don’t want to don’t have to,” Naqvi said.

According to reports, Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawade had urged schools to have students in attendance on June 21, a Sunday.

Criticising the order, Jamiatul Ulema-e-Hind (Maharashtra) president Maulana Mustaqeem Azmi, had termed the move as ‘dictatorial’ and ‘impinging’ on the rights of citizens.

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