First International YOGA day celebrated across globe, Kashmir to Kanyakumari, China to New York people took time to do various yoga asanas and meditations. We are analyzing this event on single account of “Necessity of Yoga Day celebration “. We have also tried to explore answers for negative criticism “Yoga Day” have received in our current post
Yoga is being practiced in India for century, many people argue that it’s personal choice and should be done privately, we agree with this argument but when we are using Yoga as soft power tool in our foreign policy then celebrating Yoga as a festival has become necessity. As per wiki Soft power is a concept developed by Joseph Nye of Harvard University to describe the ability to attract and co-opt rather than coerce, use force or give money as a means of persuasion. After this definition, carefully analyze NDA foreign policy, we will realize the fact that how effectively the new regime is using soft power tools to win hearts across globe ,its include Swatch Bharat , look east policy with emotional touch, supporting countries by various funds many more examples are there to confirm this, another important feature for argument is scale of “Yoga Day” celebration.
Yoga day celebrated across India like festival and this has generated lots of positive sentiment as well positivity towards health, even few extra % of people start regular yoga practice after this , it will save country health cost by billions.
Another important aspect is scope of employment generation after successful Yoga day, When we connect someone with soft power, cohesiveness will always be more stronger .we expect lakhs of new job created in India and abroad in the area of Yoga instructor, Yoga literature as well Yoga tourism. It’s just an anticipation at this moment facts can be generated after few months.
Finally we conclude that festival generate lots of positive energy, and government must use these positive energy for the welfare of society. All celebrations should not be treated just as event but should be treated as a start point for development journey, with proper planning and defined model if we use our soft power skill chances are there for us to become developed state.