What’s the harm in BMC schools in­tro­duc­ing surya na­maskar: HC

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MUMBAI: What is the harm if the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) makes surya na­maskar — sun salu­ta­tion — manda­tory for stu­dents of civic schools in Mumbai, the Bom­bay high court sought to know on Fri­day.

The query came from di­vi­sion bench of Chief Jus­tice Man­jula Chel­lur and jus­tice MS Sonak after ad­vo­cate An­jali Awasthi men­tioned a pub­lic in­ter­est lit­i­ga­tion (PIL) filed by her on be­half of Kurla res­i­dent Ma­sood An­sari, chal­leng­ing the res­o­lu­tion passed by the gen­eral body of the BMC on Au­gust 26, m a k i n g s u r ya n a m a s k a r manda­tory for civic stu­dents.

The bench felt surya na­maskar was a form of ex­er­cise and there was noth­ing wrong if such an ac­tiv­ity was made manda­tory for stu­dents of civic schools.

The judges said there are var­i­ous kinds of yo­gasanas and it will be nec­es­sary to find out which kind is se­lected by the civic body and if it was ap­pro­pri­ate for chil­dren.

Re­spond­ing to a court query, Awasthi said surya na­maskar in­volves 12 dif­fer­ent asanas that are sup­posed to be done on an empty stom­ach, and stu­dents up to 14 years of age can­not be ex­pected to go to school with­out eat­ing any­thing.

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