In­dian PM’S yoga diplo­macy at sum­mit

The Weekend Post - - World -

STEP­PING away from the sealed se­cu­rity zone and cer­e­mo­nial pomp of the Group of 20 Sum­mit, In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi brought a mes­sage dear to his heart to host Ar­gentina – the value of yoga.

With the sound of rush­hour traf­fic audi­ble out­side, about 4000 yoga prac­ti­tion­ers in Buenos Aires took to their mats in a con­ven­tion hall to hear Mr Modi.

“I ar­rived in Buenos Aires a short time ago after a trip of more than 24 hours, but thanks to your en­thu­si­asm and af­fec­tion I feel like I’m still in In­dia,” he told the crowd.

The right-wing leader, who has cham­pi­oned a greater Hindu iden­tity in of­fi­cially sec­u­lar In­dia, has made yoga a diplo­matic pri­or­ity since tak­ing of­fice in 2014.

Modi in his re­marks voiced hope that the sum­mit of the Group of 20 eco­nomic pow­ers would make progress on in­ter­na­tional chal­lenges such as sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment and cli­mate change.

He also voiced hope for greater re­la­tions with Ar­gentina.

CEN­TRED: In­dia's Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi (be­low) leads a Yoga for Peace event in Buenos Aires, on the side­lines of the G20 meet­ing in the Ar­gen­tine cap­i­tal. Pic­ture: AP PHOTO

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