From A Correspondent
Agartala, Dec 18 : Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar expressed concern over the attempt to present Yoga as the property of a particular religion and said it will cause damage to the spirit of the great sport.
Without ming the BJP and the NDA government he said such attempt is going on for last 28 or 30 months and a political party is trying to score political mileage projecting as the only patron of yoga. He urged the people to refrain from such attempt and said yoga is part of our life and education and not the property of any religion. He urged every mother to inspire their children to practice yoga along with their studies.
Iugurating the state level yoga competition organised by Vivekanda Yuba Sangstha in collaboration with the Tripura Yoga Association he said the Left Front government is promoting yoga and other sports activities as it helps in development of students’ health and mind. Addressing the gathering Sports and Youth Minister Sahid Choudhury said at present altogether 440 schools across Tripura has Yoga as their curriculum activity with 994 Yoga trained teachers. Around 22,000 students of these schools are directly engaged with Yoga activities and the Sports and Youth Affairs department is working round the clock to spread Yoga to every schools of the state. He also added that 52 play centres run by the Tripura Sports Council in different parts of the state have also introduced Yoga in their daily activities.
Dr Rupen Bhowmik, President of Tripura Yoga Association (TYA) and working president of Indian Yoga Federation said, around 225 participants comprising sub-junior, junior, senior, elderly and veteran groups from all subdivision of Tripura after completion of their respective subdivision meet has been participating in the state meet. The Yoga players have been accompanied by 25 coaches and magers from different parts of the state.