From Our Correspondent
SILCHAR, June 21: The old adage, ‘Health is wealth’ has gone intertiol now. The 3rd Intertiol Day of Yoga has been observed in around 107 countries today. Along with the rest of the world, the Day was also observed at Assam Rifles playground, Jail Road of this town today. The daylong programme was conducted under the aegis of the District Administration of Cachar in collaboration with District Health Society, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Maintence Group of Assam Rifles, State Bank of India, Life Insurance Corporation of India, Oil and tural Gas Commission, Southern Assam Drug Dealers Association and Patanjali Yog Samiti.
In a bid to awaken inner spirits through Yogic exercises, around 2500 participants took an active part in the various Yoga sessions and 59 competitors participated in Yoga competition at Assam Rifles playground. “It gives me immense pleasure to inform you that the Day has been observed with serenity and piousness in 7 blocks out of 15 of Barak Valley. Government has decided to set up Yoga centres at almost every sub divisions. Today around 50,000 people in the whole district participated in various Yogic exercises from early morning,” said S Viswathan, IAS, Deputy Commissioner of Cachar at the concluding part of a semir on ‘Yoga for Balance of Body and Mind’ held at Assam Rifles playground.
Speaking on an advisory note, DC Cachar said, “We spend a lot of money on medicines and doctors. We are willing to spend thousands of money on our treatment but unwilling to spend a few hours in performing Yoga. Yoga restores peace and harmony. It is beneficial for us to perform Yoga. I am thankful to all who have made this Day a grand success. Dr Lokendra Solanki, specialist in Ayurveda and a gold medallist in Ayurvedic medicine said that Yoga should not be practised only on June 21 but on all days of a year as Yoga keeps people from all kinds of anxieties and tensions.
“Weather changes cause loss of immunity power. Yoga adds all the good things in the ture. Regular intake of fresh oxygen is essential for our body as it enhances both mental and physical growth of the body. It is impossible for anyone to be perfect, but Yoga takes us a step towards attainment of perfection in life. Most importantly, it keeps us happy, lively and energetic. Yoga is a philosophy of life,” said Dr Solanki. He further said that only a healthy individual could contribute towards the betterment of the society in which he or she resides. “A healthy being is an asset and not a liability,” he added to say.
Dr Solanki also said that Yoga should not be commercialized. The chanting of OM gives us the maximum amount of Oxygen. Chanting of the holy Gayatri Mantra is also essential. Udharbond MLA Mihir Kanti Shome said, “It was Prime Minister rendra Modi who suggested the idea of declaring June 21 as the Intertiol Day for Yoga. “A person who practises Yoga will always abstain from bad habits. In addition, he or she will shun bad habits. Yoga gives us immense power and pleasure,” said the MLA. Later, prizes were distributed among the winners of Yoga competition.
The 18 winners, Diya Sarkar, Arvind Singha Sodhi, Gaurav Das, Mayuresh, Anup Das, Sudam Das, Nikita Paul, Niharika Paul, Rupam Barman, Debraj Chodhury, Pompi Deb, Manjushree Ravidas, Adi rayan, Anil Das, Baishali Das, Akhil Chandra Paul, Shivani Ravidas and Rupali Das, were given trophies and certificate of merit. Among others present at the occasion included, Laxmikanta Bhattacharjee, former principal, Jorhat College of Science and Technology, B C th, ADC, Cachar, Madhumita Choudhury, DDC, Cachar, Niharendra rayan Thakur, chairperson, Silchar Municipal Board, Rajiv Roy, ADC, Radeep Dam, ADC, Jitu Kumar Das, ADC, Debojyoti Gogoi ADC, Shefali Bharati, district treasurer, Mahila Patanjali Yog Samiti and Sukumar th, president, Patanjali Yog Samiti. The prizes have been sponsored by Hriday - an NGO.