As the second edition of International Yoga Day got underway on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi woke early to lead a mass yoga demonstration in Chandigarh. As day dawns across the world, a total of 135 countries will participate in the event.
The United Nations-backed event is the brainchild of Modi, a yoga enthusiast himself. In Chandigarh, Modi emphasised that no other day supported by the UN had got as much encouragement. "It is probably the first time that a day has become mass movement," he said.He went on to add that yoga is not an inherently religious activity. "Yoga is even for atheists," Modi said.
Even as some people were quietly reflective, Twitter users were most exuberant at the prospect of another target to make jokes about.