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