Unlike most elsewhere in the country, the Trinamul Congress government’s observance of International Yoga Day at the main venue at Netaji Indoor stadium did not see people actually practicing yoga; making do with discussions and dance dramas.
The state government&’s attitude was summed up by state consumer affairs minister Sadhan Pandey&’s comment that the occasion was ‘’nothing new”. Left Front chairman Biman Bose said, “I heard that the government would observe the day, but it did not keep its word. May be it is related to vote bank politics.”
Participants at the yoga camp at Netaji Indoor stadium said that there was no space for practicing yoga, even as people of every city of every other states got the opportunity.
“The organisers should have provided much more space so participants could perform yoga exercises under the guidance of yoga masters. Eminent yoga practitioners attended the camp but we missed their yoga poses,” said Sukla Maity, a participant of the yoga camp.
The state sports department and department of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) jointly organised the camp. Tusar Sil, head of the state council for yoga and naturopathy and one of the organisers, said that it is a baseless allegation that the state government organised the yoga camp in a casual manner, claiming that it was comprehensively planned.
He said all major yoga organisations of Bengal attended the camp. “Around 8000 people were present.Yoga masters provided advice to patients with critical diseases. Dance drama incorporating yoga art and poses was performed,” he said.