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Ambassador’s Remarks on the occasion of 10th International Day of Yoga

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Ambassador’s Remarks on the occasion of 10th International Day of Yoga

(Antananarivo, 21 June 2024)

President of the Senate of Madagascar H.E. Mr. Richard Ravalomanana,

Minister of Transport and Meteorology and Acting Minister of Youth and Sports H.E. Mr. Valery Ramonjavelo,

Vice President of the National Assembly H.E. Mr. Jean Brunelle Razafintisandraofa

Honorable Members of the National Assembly of Madagascar,

Chief of Staff to the PDS of Antananarivo,

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Namaskar, Salama, Good Morning! It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the celebrations of the 10th International Day of Yoga, with the theme “Yoga for Self and Society”, in this beautiful city of Antananarivo, a city with a rich tradition of cultural and people-to-people linkages with India. I would like to express my deep gratitude to the Acting Minister of Youth and Sports and other dignitaries for their support for today’s special event.

It has been a decade since the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to mark 21st June of every year as the International Day of Yoga. Over the past 10 years, Yoga has been embraced by all nations and cultures across the world and has grown into a global movement for holistic well-being. In today’s world of conflicts, climate crises and life-style diseases, Yoga fosters peace and harmony at both individual and societal levels. I would like to take this opportunity to encourage the people of Antananarivo to take advantage of the free Yoga classes conducted everyday at the Embassy. 

In conclusion, I would like to affirm that as a close neighbor and a fellow developing country in the Indian Ocean Region, India desires to see the emergence of Madagascar as a thriving nation. India stands ready to share its developmental experience and expertise, as per the needs and requirements of Madagascar, in line with our Vision SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region) and the ancient Indian philosophy of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” (Whole Earth is One Family). With these words, I once again welcome you all to today’s celebrations of the International Day of Yoga. Thank you!