Monday January 22, 2018

WHO acknowledges age old benefits of Yoga and Ayurveda

Around 20 million Americans practice yoga. It is a $6 billion industry and researchers are continuing to study its benefits.

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World Health Organisation has chosen Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga as its collaborating centre (CC). This CC is going to develop research guildelines for yoga studies while while Institute of PG Training and Research in Ayurveda has be chosen for research in ayurveda.

Due to this country will get a major fillip towards traditional medical system, including yoga across the world. Till date India never had a collaborating centre for WHO inspite of having a large number of Ayush institutions and 32 collaborating centres for modern medicine. Today WHO has 22 collaborating centres for traditional medicine including India.

The two CCs will the WHO body to setup policies and regulatory standards for yoga and Ayurveda. The designation status will be effective for a period of four years, from April 5, 2013.

 “MDNIY has attained the privilege to be the only WHO collaborating centre in the world to engage in achieving yoga specific outcomes,” Institute’s director Ishwar V Basavaraddi told reporters on Friday.Holistic-health

He said that due to the global demand and popularity of the yoga for health care, the two institutes can offer more than just being collaborating centre like by generating information and documents of yoga for the use of all the member states of the world health body

Though India is the origin of the yoga but it the western people who practise it. Around 20 million Americans practice yoga. It is a $6 billion industry and researchers are continuing to study its benefits.

Financial Advisor , DC Katoch explained that though WHO does not have its own institutional network but identifies institutions from member countries to work in specific areas of health and designate them as WHO CCs.

“The achievement came after four years of intensive persuasion with the WHO by the Ayush Department of the Health Ministry,” said Katoch.

He said that there was a clear trend of increasing demand for yoga from the public, and the Government has been actively incorporating alternative medicines besides yoga into the public healthcare system.

-by Bhaskar Raghavendran

Bhaskar is a graduate in Journalism and mass communication from Amity school of communication, Noida. Contact the author at Twitter: bhaskar_ragha

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  • Pritam Go Green

    Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga being chosen by WHO as its collaborating centre. This is no small news. One should feel for the country. This will surely help India to take a big leap towards good global reputation.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    This is really nice that India is making its identity in other counties and Yoga, an Indian origin has been accepted by many people across the world

    • Digital Mind

      absolutely. proud of it.

  • Pritam Go Green

    Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga being chosen by WHO as its collaborating centre. This is no small news. One should feel for the country. This will surely help India to take a big leap towards good global reputation.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    This is really nice that India is making its identity in other counties and Yoga, an Indian origin has been accepted by many people across the world

    • Digital Mind

      absolutely. proud of it.

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India China’s Fight Over the Doklam Plateau Explained

Doklam or Donglang, is a disputed area between China and Bhutan located near their tri-junction with India

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  • India and China have an old history of disputes
  • This time, the dispute is regarding the Dokplam Plateau
  • The area is of strategic importance for both the nations

Disputes between India and China are not at all uncommon. The rivalry between the two nations is famous. There have been several disputes between the two on the India-China border in past, and there seems to be no stopping for these disputes in the present or future, for that matter.

India and China have a n old history of repeated disputes. zeenews.india.com
India and China have an old history of repeated disputes. zeenews.india.com

In June 2017, the world witnessed yet another dispute arising between India and China. This time the dispute was about China building a road extending to Doklam Plateau, which both nations have been fighting over for years now.

Also Read: China is likely to get involved if India disrupts $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

History of the dispute 

Doklam or Donglang (in Chinese), is a disputed area between China and Bhutan located near their tri-junction with India. India doesn’t directly claim the area but supports Bhutan’s claims on it.

India fits into the picture, as this plateau is an important area for India. Not only is Bhutan one of the biggest allies of India; China gaining access over the Doklam Plateau will also endanger India’s borders, making them vulnerable to attacks.

Dopkam plateau is an important area near India, China and Bhutan's borders.
Dopkam plateau is an important area near India, China and Bhutan’s borders.

Apart from the hostile history of the two nations, the Doklam Plateau is also important for India to maintain its control over a land corridor that connects to its remote northeastern States. China building a road through Doklam surely threatens that control.

A complete timeline of what happened in the recent Doklam Standoff 

On 16 June 2017, Chinese troops with construction vehicles and excavators began extending an existing road southward on the Doklam plateau, near India’s border. It was Bhutan which raised the alarm for India.

On 18 June 2017, India responded by sending around 270 Indian troops, with weapons and two bulldozers to evict the Chinese troops from Doklam.

On 29 June 2017, Bhutan protested against the construction of a road in the disputed territory.  According to the Bhutanese government, China attempted to extend a road in an area which is shared both Bhutan and India, along with China.

Between 30 June 2017 and 5 July 2017, China released multiple statements justifying their claim over the Doklam plateau. They cited reasons as to why the Doklam standoff wasn’t really needed. And how China has not intruded into India’s territory to incite the standoff.

On 19th July 2017, China asked India again to withdraw its troops from the Doklam. On 24th July 2017,  Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in his statement, asked India to withdraw and behave themselves to maintain peace.

India and China seem to never agree when it comes to their borders. BBC
India and China seem to never agree when it comes to their borders. BBC

Also Read: Why India Must Counter China’s High-Altitude Land Grab?

What followed till 16th August 2017 was China constantly alleging India of trying to create trouble. They accused India of trying to disturb the peace and not withdrawing the troops, even after repeated reminders. They also accused India of bullying.

India, however, kept quiet during the whole fiasco, only releasing a statement regarding their stand and position at the Doklam standoff.

On 28 August 2017, India and China finally announced that they had agreed to pull their troops back from the Doklam standoff. The withdrawal was completed on that very day.

On 7 September 2017, many media reports claimed that both nation’s troops have not left the site completely. They were still patrolling the area, simply having moved 150 meters away from their previous position.

On 9 October 2017, China announced that it is ready to maintain peace with India at the frontiers. India reacted in affirmative, the peace was established when Indian Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman’s visited Nathu La.

The issue between the two nations may rise again. Pixabay
The issue between the two nations may rise again. Pixabay

The Doklam issue, for now, is resolved. However, given the history of disputes between India and China, it won’t be a surprise if the issue resurfaces again in near future.