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Narendra Modi Calls for International Yoga Day

By: for The Times of India on Nov. 19, 2014
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Yoga on one one of the world's busiest spot New York's Times Square

NEW YORK: Yoga got a strong leg up on the world stage when Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for observing an International Yoga Day, describing the ancient science as "India's gift to the world." 

Modi's unexpected reference to yoga during in his UN General Assembly speech came when he was talking about climate change and going back to basics. Yoga is not just about fitness or exercise, it is about changing one's lifestyle, Modi said, plugging for ancient practice that was introduced to the west by Modi's spiritual inspiration, Swami Vivekananda. 

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