Call it ‘yogic karma’ or ‘just desserts’ but yoga is now a sports discipline in the ‘priority’ category.
The sports ministry is to make yoga a ‘sports event’.
The Yoga Federation of India, recognised by the Indian Olympic Association , is the main beneficiary of this extraordinary decision by the Narendra Modi sarkar.
Interestingly, yoga does not meet any of the criteria of being a priority. A discipline has to be a part of the Olympics, Asian or Commonwealth games to fall under this listing.
Yoga may now be included in the National Games.
Onkar Kedia, Joint Secretary in Sports Ministry, denied that the move was on communal lines.
“It’s a tradition. People across the religion have been practising Yoga. It’s high time that Yoga is seen as sport.”
Yoga Federation of India (YFI) secretary general, Ashok Kumar Aggarwal, was jubilant.
“Winners in national and zonal championships will get grace marks. With the ministry including it as a sport, yoga practitioners will benefit as they will become eligible for jobs under sports quota. We are eying an Olympic entry in the near future. We have asked the national federations to liaise with their respective Olympic associations to push for the inclusion of yoga in the Olympics.”
The YFI conducts National Yoga Championships in the following four events every year:
As per the YFI website, the following is the description of the above events:
Artistic Yoga consists of presentation of various asanas by male/female including forward and backward bending, balancing, supine and prone lying, sitting postures etc. performed in all four directions with music. It is synchronization of body movement with music (without break).
Artistic Yoga Pair consists of presentation of various asanas including forward and backward bending, balancing, supine and prone lying, sitting postures etc. of competitors choice including pyramid making, performed in all four directions with music.
The pair will consist of either both the girls or both the boys or a boy and a girl.
Both the participants will perform, two different postures at a time. Performing same postures will be a disqualification.
The number of postures performed shall be 8-10 of competitors choice.
Body touch is allowed in the competition.
Making of pyramid will be given preference.
Synchronization of body movements with music will be given preference.
Time duration for the presentation will be 120 – 150 seconds.
Rhythmic Yoga is known as pair yoga. The pair may consists of either both the boys or both the girls.
Rhythmic Yoga is the presentation of various asanas to be performed in all four directions.
The pair should perform the same postures together.
Body touch between two participants is not allowed.
There should be perfect synchronization of body movements with the music.
With yoga a sport and no longer merely a form of exercise, can we expect a Yoga Team League soon for television audiences?
First, it was Sushma Swaraj.
Next, Vasundhara Raje.
The saga of Lalit Modi—which tars politicians of every feather who are connected or who communed with him—continues.
Meanwhile, the former cricket administrator gallivants the partying world enjoying the immunity granted him by his erstwhile familial and political allies.
The Congress and its allies have promised to disrupt parliamentary proceedings seeking removal of the BJP matriarchs.
Narendra Modi and his cohorts came to power on the back of NaMo’s version of “It’s the economy, stupid” promising “acche din” and good governance.
While the NDA government enjoys a majority in the Lok Sabha, it is not so in the Rajya Sabha. The Congress and its allies rule the roost there throwing a spanner in the works of any new bills forcing the Prime Minister to promulgate ordinances instead.
Narendra Modi would be well advised to give his constituents what they deserve and let the cards fall as they may. The Gujarat strongman is not to shirk from doing what’s right. Swaraj and Raje should be asked to resign.
The previous government had one of the worst records on parliamentary business conducted. A similar fate should not befall this one.
All appearances of impropriety should be investigated and guilty parties penalized.
Narendra Modi should preside over “acche din” and not merely be the “King of Good Times“.
Lalit Modi is in the news once more.
Indian cricket administration’s enfant terrible has snagged yet another victim.
This time, it’s External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.
Swaraj finds herself embroiled in a conflict of interest.
The minister championed Lalit Modi’s cause requesting the British government to let Modi to travel to Portugal to visit his ailing wife citing ‘humanitarian‘ grounds.
Whether the minister was in the right is debatable. But she was clearly in the wrong in acting for Modi because her daughter is on Lalit Modi’s legal defense team. So is her husband (Swaraj’s son-in-law).
The last time, the UPA was in power, Shashi Tharoor—coincidentally Minister of State for External Affairs—had to resign his seat because of similar conflict of interest allegations. His then wife (now deceased) Sunanda Pushkar was an interested party in the forming of the Kochi Tuskers (now defunct) franchise.
What is it about Indian politicians and conflict of interest situations?
Is it time our politicians were made to undergo an induction training session where a conflict of interest situation is made clear to them?
Are these high-profile names merely the tip of the iceberg and simply anything goes in Indian politics where non-transparency is the norm?
It will be interesting to see how Prime Minister Narendra Modi handles the first real blemish on his government’s record. Will the NDA emulate the UPA and ask Sushma Swaraj to resign? Or will it be simply a case of ‘I dare you to prove otherwise.‘?
Narendra Modi is not averse to ‘Cricket Diplomacy’.
What he said:
“We celebrate the legend of Bradman and the class of Tendulkar together.
We are impressed by Australian speed as you are charmed by the Indian spin Until of course Shane Warne came along!”
The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was all charm and humour in his address to the Australian parliament injecting references to three great cricketers, two Aussies and one Indian. He is the first Indian premier to visit the continent in 28 years.
What he really meant:
“Yeah, that’s what India-Australia relations have been all about for so many years. Cricket, cricket and more cricket. “
What he definitely didn’t:
“I’m sorry I left out all the Indian students Down Under. Some other time, perhaps. Can’t I label them ‘Made in India’ too?”
What he said:
“When our cricketers win a tournament, the entire country celebrates. What the scientists have achieved today, is much greater than that.”
Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, makes a pointed reference to the skewed priorities of the Indian public when it comes to celebrating the country’s achievements.
The occasion was India becoming the first country to send a space craft into Mars’ orbit on its maiden attempt.
What he really meant:
“We need heroes from all spheres and professions—not merely sports and films.”
What he definitely didn’t:
“Now that’s what I’d term bowling a maiden over!”