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June 21, 2015

Namaste should be new mantra on Yoga Day: Governor

SILCHAR, June 20: Assam Goivernor P B Acharya, said ‘Namaste should be the new mantra on this International Yoga Day’. He explained Namaste as a significant word to convey greetings traditionally, but he described the word to mean the 8 north eastern states of Nagaland, Assam, Mizoram, Manipur, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Tripura. Speaking as chief-guest in his own inimitable way on the International Yoga Day organized by Keshab Smarak Sanskriti Surabhi and Patanjali Yoga Samiti at the G C College auditorium here today, Acharya brought out its significance to mean unity, integrity and solidarity among all the states of the region and on this important day of Yoga now being practiced in 192 countries of the world as resolved in the UNO.
It is important that Yoga should play a constructive role in uniting all the 8 states with a common bond and common commitment to change the living conditions of the people and make them feel proud of their rich and varied culture and heritage, the Governor of Assam added to say. As an Indian, he said, “I feel proud that India is a beacon light of Yoga before the entire world.” After Independence, it is for the first time that the entire nation is witness to a new surge of potentiality.
Acharya also felt proud of the fact that Sanskrit, the oldest and richest language, is not just a language but a way of gaining knowledge. “Ours is a land of rishis and munis, Vedas and Upanishad and Sanskrit has been the root of all other languages”, he added to say. Yoga in this country has always been a source of physical, mental and spiritual power and a treasure-trove of knowledge. It is most unfortunate that despite our immense potentiality and power Indians have been subjected to years of subjugation. For this, as he said, “We are to blame ourselves”.
He reminded India’s prosperity has been the cause of many onslaughts on it. North east in particular in spite of its rich resources has been in a state of neglect. People of other parts of the country have been ignorant all about the region. During the Chinese aggression of 1962, Acharya himself was ignorant of what NEFA meant? Ignorance about north east and its neglect gave birth to the seeds of secession and extraneous forces took advantage of it. Insurgency and movement for separation, he pointed out, could be traced to it.
he Governor of Assam was highly appreciative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to transform the region into a zone of peace and prosperity by boosting up development. Rs.20,000 crore has been allocated for skill development and the north east states have to make proper utilization of it. Though educational facilities for the region have increased with a number of Universities, he called upon the Vice-Chancellors to make them not only gyan-kendra but also bikash-kendra by bringing about a coordinated dialogue between industry, trade and education.
P B Acharya at the same time laid stress on three things, education, electricity and employment. With unlimited water resources, region can be turned into the greatest source of hydro-electricity for the entire country as a whole. Universities of the north east have to design their syllabus to include the subjects related to their natural resources. Why should the people of north east feel isolated and alienated, he asked? All are Indians and this message of oneness can be sent through Yoga. His advice for all is to go for Yoga everyday which will infuse in them not only the sense of being one but also make them healthy and strong in body, mind and thought.
The Governor of Assam did not miss his highest words of praise for the various saffron organizations which he said “are the only hope for the nation”. It is these organizations with their sense of nationalism which have been working for the welfare of the tribals living in the far-flung areas of north east. Moreover, they are also the best medium to spread Yoga in every house and village and create the sense of unity. He once again repeated Namaste to the people of north east.
Prof. Somnath Das Gupta, Vice-Chancellor, Assam University, said his centre of higher education would also have Yoga to inculcate the sense of discipline and commitment among the student community. S Viswanathan, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Cachar, pointed out his administration is going to hold Yoga Day function at Children’s Park. Sashikanta Chauthaiwale, a well known RSS ideologue, gave a detailed definition of Yoga which he described as ‘a way of life to become free from stresses and strains’. Yoga should not be confined to the inaugural day but continued round the year, it was his advice to all.
Others who spoke on various aspects of Yoga included educationist Bimal Nath Choudhury, Sukumar Nath, president Patanjali Yoga Samiti, Deep Chand Sharma, social worker, Subhransu Shekhar Bhattacharjee, president Keshab Smarak Sanskriti Surabhi. All of them appreciated Ramdev to make Yoga a household name and practice. The inaugural function began with Ganesh bandana by Navneeta Bhattacharya, dhyan, prarthna and Yoga pradarshani demonstrated by the Yuva Bharat of Bharat Swabhiman Trust. The packed auditorium had a pleasant day with many participating in the Yoga. (Source:SentinelAssam)

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