Saturday, June 20, 2015

What yoga record attempt tells us about India...

India is in the grip of yoga fever, thanks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Mr Modi coaxed the United Nations into declaring 21 June International Yoga Day and announced a grand event to be held in Delhi on that day. His government plans to get tens of thousands of people to perform yoga in the heart of the capital on Sunday.

Mr Modi is an enthusiast himself - he told a biographer he tries to do yoga for an hour after waking up in the morning.

So what does Sunday's mass yoga session tell us about India?


More seriously, Sunday's gathering is a timely reminder that urban Indians need to get fitter.

Doctors say India's cities are riding a diabetes and heart disease epidemic. India's diabetes rate jumped an alarming 123% between 1990 and 2013, compared to 45% worldwide, a new study found. One in four Indians die of heart disease. Obesity is on the rise. Full story...

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