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Yoga workshops to be held in colleges by PM Modi’s Guru

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has brought back the influx of yoga to the country.
International yoga day is back in all campuses.

All AICTE approved institutes will celebrate this day by participating in work shops specially designed by Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (Vyasa), which is headed by PM’s yoga guru, Dr HR Nagendra.

The central government is expecting 100 % attendance on yoga day from institutes that fall under AICTE, UGN and IITs, IIITs etc too.

According to a circular issued by the Council, “AICTE has drawn the action plan and decided to organise a one-day yoga workshop” for students of institutes approved by it in Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Pune and Delhi.”

At each of the venues, a maximum of 300 students would be accommodated. Hence, we request you to nominate five to 10 motivated students, who would, in turn, take up yoga in their respective colleges. The contents of the workshop have been designed by Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (S-Vyasa), Bengaluru, in which the key speaker and experts will also be from S-Vyasa, who will provide theoretical or practical training, in line with the IDY common yoga protocol,” states the circular signed by AICTE chairman, Prof Anil D Sahasrabudhe

International yoga day will be celebrated on June 21.

The circular emphasised on the need of yoga especially in a young person’s life, who faces pressure from all directions , yoga helps you achieve peace and clear headedness.

“Practising yoga shall (help) overcome stress and contribute to memory development. As a result, they can focus and concentrate properly,” it says.

The circular has also asked educational institutes to make yoga a necessary activity in campuses.

It has asked universities as well to organise 2-3 days workshops on yoga, during april and may , where the students will be made aware of the benefits of yoga. about the strengths and health benefits of yoga.

“They may also be trained in the common yoga protocol to be performed on IDY on June 21. Some of the other activities suggested for this fest could be musical and cultural programmes based on yoga and sensitisation of youth about career prospects in yoga,” it says.

Yoga Experts Committee
A 15 member yoga experts committee has been formed headed by Dr Nagendra so as to plan the activities to be held on this day.

It was decided that the event will be an hour long.

The committee has also prepared a three day conference on the topic “yoga for body and beyond”from june 21 to 23.

The draft plan finalised by the committee says, “The IDY celebration programme is proposed to be organised in all the states and union territories. Leading yoga institutes would provide technical support to one or more states of their choice in organising the event. Aone-hour common yoga protocol was finalised by the committee.”

(Inputs from agencies)

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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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By Ruchika Verma

  • 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.