GUWAHATI, June 21 - The International Yoga Day was celebrated in the Northeastern States on Wednesday with various programmes. Our Correspondents report:
AIZAWL Correspondent: The International Yoga Day marked the launching of Healthy Mizoram Campaign here today.
Mizoram Governor Lt Gen Nirbhay Sharma (retd) launched the Campaign at Assam Rifles ground here wherein hundreds of Yoga enthusiasts took part.
In the Christian-dominated State, the majority of people believe that Yoga is against the teaching and philosophy of Christianity. The churches and influential organisation Young Mizo Association (YMA) have urged their members to abstain from yoga. Keeping this in mind, the Governor today stressed the need to dispel misconceptions about Yoga. �Some believe in Mizoram that Yoga is a religious activity impinging on other faiths. It must be clearly understood that Yoga does not adhere to any particular religion, belief system or community,� he said.
The Governor suggested that the Mizos should embrace Yoga with an open mind and added that healthy living is an imperative in Mizoram with high incidences of cancer, alcohol and drug abuse.
Participating in the function, Union Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain lauded Mizoram�s initiatives to improve public health and was happy to see that yoga is included in Healthy Mizoram Campaign. He urged the people of Mizoram to try Yoga and discover the health benefits.
Imphal Correspondent: The 3rd�International Yoga Day (IYD) was observed across the State on Wednesday. The main programme was held at the Indoor Stadium, Khuman Lampak here where Chief Minister N Biren Singh along with Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar participated.
Speaking on the occasion, Javadekar said that the International Day of Yoga is observed in over 190 countries in the world.
Making a strong pitch for spreading of yoga, the Chief Minister said that yoga is a practice that promotes inner peace and well-being of an individual.
Shillong Staff Correspondent: Different organisations celebrated the International Yoga Day in Shillong today. One of the biggest gatherings was at Polo grounds here, which was organised by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Bharat Swabhiman Trust, where people in large numbers performed yoga asanas in the morning.�
Yoga Day was also organised at various schools, Defence establishments and Central Government offices. Nehru Yuva Kendra and Art of Living Foundation organised one such Yoga camp at Assam Kristi Kendra here.
At the Shillong headquarters of the Assam Rifles, a grand event for all Central Armed Police Forces in Meghalaya was organised.
Meanwhile, Meghalaya Government did not organise any programme on the occasion. Chief Minister Mukul Sangma had said that observation of International Yoga Day has not been notified by the State Government �as a mark of respect to the sentiments of the people.�
Itanagar Correspondent: Arunachal Pradesh today celebrated the International Day of Yoga with great enthusiasm. Braving early morning showers, a huge number of yoga enthusiasts, including students, dignitaries, politicians and bureaucrats thronged the Indira Gandhi Park here to celebrate the Day.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu graced the occasion as chief guest. Speaking on the occasion, Khandu appealed to the gathering to practice yoga daily stressing that through good care of one�s mental and physical well being, a person could contribute positively to the society.