International Yoga Day

Yoga Day: How 'Chintan Shibir' became hallmark of Modi governance

Thursday, 20 Jun, 2024
This year's theme ‘Yoga for Self and Society’ highlights the dual role in fostering individual and societal well-being. (Photo courtesy: PIB)

New Delhi: As the global community geared up to celebrate the 10th edition of International Yoga Day, this will mark another year of glory for India. Yoga, having taken birth in India, went global after Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014.  

It was after PM Modi's address in the United Nations in September 2014 that Yoga was recognised by the global body and an annual day was allocated for its worldwide celebration.

Interestingly, PM Modi's penchant for Yoga not only earned it a global name and fame, but it also went to inculcate a new efficient work culture in government offices, which came to be associated with the idea of 'Chintan Shibir'.

After becoming the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi was determined to imbibe a new work culture in the state, and as part of a larger vision, emphasised on developing coordination and synergy between the ministry and concerned government departments.

For this, he also suggested informal meetings between the two. It was here that the idea of Chintan Shibir came into existence in 2003.

Chintan Shibir, an annual bureaucratic conclave held in Gujarat brought together the Chief Minister, his Cabinet and the entire bureaucracy ranging from District Collectors and development officers for a brainstorming session for three days.

During the three-day period, bureaucrats also performed Yoga with then Gujarat CM Modi.

Since 2015, PM Modi has led the International Day of Yoga (IDY) celebrations at various iconic locations, including Kartavya Path in Delhi, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Ranchi, Lucknow, Mysuru and even the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

In the last 10 years, IDY has set four Guinness Book of World Records.

A total of 84 countries participated in the yoga session at one place and, gradually, each year, witnessed an increasing number of participants from across the world and last year, in 2023, a total of around 23.4 crore people from across the world participated in the IDY event.

This year's theme "Yoga for Self and Society" highlights the dual role in fostering individual and societal well-being.

The event will encourage grassroots participation and the spread of yoga in rural areas.

On the occasion, PM Modi will also interact with the young achievers of Jammu and Kashmir, and also inspect stalls.

PM Modi leads Yoga Day celebrations in Srinagar

Srinagar: Prime Minister Narendra was set to lead the 10th International Yoga Day celebrations at the Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Complex (SKICC) situated on the banks of the renowned Dal Lake, besides inaugurating and laying the foundation of several projects worth crores during his visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

Around 9,000 people were expected to join the Prime Minister during the Yoga International Day celebrations. 'Yoga for self and society' is the theme message of this year's Yoga celebrations.

This year's Yoga Day event underscores yoga's profound impact on young minds and bodies.

The celebration aims to unite thousands in the practice of yoga, promoting health and wellness on a global scale.

Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for Ayush, Prataprao Jadhav, said that yoga nurtures physical, mental, and spiritual growth while also promoting societal harmony. 

"The enthusiastic participation of millions in recent years reflects the profound impact of yoga on communities," Prataprao Jadhav said.