PM Modi hails UN decision on Yoga

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday night expressed joy over the UN General Assembly adopting an India-led resolution declaring June 21 as 'International Day of Yoga' and thanked all the 177 nations of the global body.

PTI| Updated: Dec 11, 2014, 23:47 PM IST

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday night expressed joy over the UN General Assembly adopting an India-led resolution declaring June 21 as 'International Day of Yoga' and thanked all the 177 nations of the global body.

"Elated! Have no words to describe my joy on the @UN declaring 21st June as 'International Day of Yoga'. I fully welcome the decision," Modi tweeted soon after the resolution was adopted in New York.

"I profusely thank all 177 nations across the world who co-sponsored the resolution to declare 21st June as 'International Day of Yoga'," he added.

Noting that countless people across the world have made Yoga an integral part of their lives, he said, "Congrats to them! This will inspire many more people towards Yoga.

"Yoga has the power to bring the entire humankind together! It beautifully combines Gyan (knowledge), Karm (work) and Bhakti (devotion)."

He also put on his twitter account a link of his speech last year where he talked about yoga and its benefits.

The resolution on 'International Day of Yoga' was introduced by India's Ambassador to UN Asoke Mukerji and had 175 nations joining as co-sponsors, the highest number ever for any General Assembly resolution.