New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday courted controversy again by tweeting pictures of the dog squad of Indian Army doing yoga and captioning it “New India”, drawing a sharp retort from BJP chief Amit Shah who accused him of mocking Yoga Day and insulting the forces.
The pictures in the tweet showed the Army dog unit and their trainers prostrating.
Shah hit out at Gandhi in a tweet and said while the Congress supports the medieval practice of triple talaq, it insults the armed forces yet again. He also accused the Congress of spreading negativity. “Congress stands for negativity. Today, their negativity was seen in their clear support to the medieval practice of Triple Talaq. Now, they mock Yoga Day and insult our forces (yet again!) Hoping the spirit of positivity will prevail. It can help overcome toughest challenges,” Shah tweeted.
The BJP also said for Gandhi, life is only about a joke, as he keeps posting pictures about his pet dog.
“It’s painful to see how a senior politician is ridiculing IYD2019. But this is hardly surprising as they have always apologetic about and hence either pooh-poohed everything rooted in Indian Culture and traditions. Is it vote bank politics that is driving them to do this,” BJP national vice president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe asked on Twitter.
BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there is a new India and Gandhi’s tweet reveals a new Congress under him.
“Perhaps for him, life is one continuing joke for him and looking for opportunities to post pictures that remind him of his favourite Pidi (his pet dog),” he said.
Gandhi was also trolled on Twitter, with a number of people posting pictures about the Congress while poking fun at him and the party.
Beyond Rahul, world celebrated yoga
Yoga was the theme and wellness the agenda on Friday as India and the world marked the fifth International Day of Yoga with tens of thousands of people rolling out their mats to stretch and twist, breathe in and breathe out, reach for the skies and bend to touch their toes.
From the UN General Assembly hall to the Indian Parliament premises and from Beijing to Ranchi, enthusiasts of the ancient wellness regime performed ‘asanas’ simple and complex amid chants of “Om” and “Shanti” in several global capitals and across the expanse of India, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the observance of the day.
In India, the main event was held at the Jharkhand capital Ranchi with the prime minister performing various ‘asanas’ along with 40,000 people at the Prabhat Tara ground.
Appealing to people to make yoga an integral part of their lives, Modi said, “We should make efforts to take yoga from cities to villages and tribal areas. Yoga is above religion, caste, colour, gender and region, it is above everything.”
“The essence of yoga has been stable and remained the same — healthy body, stable mind, spirit of oneness. Yoga has provided a perfect blend of knowledge, karma and bhakti,” he told the gathering.
The United Nations General Assembly adopted June 21 as International Yoga Day in 2014 on a proposal mooted by Modi.
Scenes of mass yoga exercises in open grounds, parks and halls were mirrored in various parts of the country, in the waters of the Digaru river in Arunachal Pradesh where ITBP troopers performed asanas and even in the icy heights of the Himalayas where their colleagues put out their mats on the Vasundhara glacier near Badrinath.
And in Jalandhar, members of the 2 Army Dog Unit performed doga (dog yoga), the canines doing the asanas along with the Army personnel.