YOGA DIPLO­MACY

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The lat­est Chi­nese in­cur­sion into In­dian ter­ri­tory was a show of friend­ship and good­will, with 70 sol­diers and 30 civil­ians par­tic­i­pat­ing in yoga ses­sions in bor­der towns in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh along­side their In­dian coun­ter­parts—a change from petty bor­der scuf­fles. The ges­ture was warmly re­ceived by In­dia, with an army spokesman say­ing it would “go a long way in pro­mot­ing peace and tran­quil­ity along the borders”. The joint ex­er­cise was among the high­lights (along­side some asana-savvy dogs) of the fifth in­ter­na­tional yoga day, cel­e­brated around the world on June 21. As for petty scuf­fles, Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi posted a photo of the yogi-dog­gies and their han­dlers, cap­tion­ing it “New In­dia” with his eye­brow metaphor­i­cally (and per­haps lit­er­ally) raised. In re­sponse, a Mum­bai-based lawyer went to the po­lice, seeking to file an FIR. Now would be a good time to say some­thing about yoga and taking deep breaths.

IN­DIAN ARMY/AFP

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