Following his promise to promote India’s therapeutic traditions, the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi this week created a ministry dedicated exclusively to yoga and alternative therapies.
News agencies report that the AAYUSH ministry will include traditional Indiana medicine – Ayurveda, yoga, naturopathy, unani, siddha and traditional homeopathy. At the head of this ministry was appointed Shripad Yesso Naik.
Naik said that he would attach great importance to the development of this system, and that he would be oriented towards introducing yoga into the daily lives of the entire Indian population.
The Prime Minister of India, Modi, is a well-known yoga practitioner, showing through this gesture, a great openness to the millenary traditions of India.
Following the same trend of promoting the yoga practice, during his presentation that took place in front of the General Assembly of the United Nations, in September ac, Modi proposed that the day of June 21 to become the International Day of Yoga,
“Yoga should not be just a physical exercise for us, it should be a means of connecting with the world and with nature,” Modi said during his speech at the UN. “It should bring about a change in our lifestyle, create more awareness in ourselves, and even help us fight climate change.”
India’s mission to the UN started with the elaboration of a draft resolution on the International Yoga Day and will take all possible steps for its adoption by the end of the year. So far, the resolution has received support from countries such as the United States, China, Nepal, Bhutan and Canada.
The formation of the Aayush ministry (short for Ayurveda, yoga, unani, siddha and homeopathy) is part of a reshuffle of the majority cabinet in which Modi added 21 ministers for his government, and he also introduced a new reform by separating the funding and defense portfolios.