Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended a “Yoga for Peace” event after his arrival in Beunos Aires to participate in the G20 summit during which he will hold several bilateral meetings.
The event took place Thursday night where Modi said that issues such as global economy, sustainable development, climate change and economic fugitives will come up for discussion at the two-day summit that will begin on Saturday.
The event featured a mass yoga demonstration by 600 people and a song by a famous Argentine singer Patricia Sosa, a chanting of “Om Namah Shivaya” and a short Indian classical dance performance.
Congratulating “The Art of Living” for organising such a successful and grand event, the Prime Minister said that yoga improves the health of both mind and body. He described yoga as India’s gift to the world for health, wellness and peace and said: “Today, yoga is joining India and Argentina with a spiritual bond.”
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While Argentina has a keen interest in India’s art, music and dance, there are plenty of fans of Argentine soccer players in India. Modi told the crowd how Maradona’s name has become a part of daily conversations.
The Prime Minister further congratulated the Argentine hockey team for winning their first match during the Hockey World Cup held in Odisha.
The UN General Assembly in 2014 overwhelmingly adopted a draft resolution, declaring June 21 as International Yoga Day. A record 177 countries had co-sponsored the resolution.
Modi is slated to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the summit.