Indian, Chinese armies join Yoga on Ladakh border

“Indian Army invited Chinese counterparts to participate in the International Yoga Day on the borders of eastern Ladakh for the first time,” Srinagar-based defence spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia said.

YOGESH SAGOTRA
Jammu, Publish Date: Jun 22 2018 1:31AM | Updated Date: Jun 22 2018 1:31AM
Indian, Chinese armies join Yoga on Ladakh borderFile Photo

In a first, Indian and Chinese troops jointly performed Yoga at Daulat Beg Oldie - Tien Wein Dien meeting point along Line of Actual Control at an altitude of 16,942 feet in eastern Ladakh.

“Indian Army invited Chinese counterparts to participate in the International Yoga Day on the borders of eastern Ladakh for the first time,” Srinagar-based defence spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia said.

He said that 20 Chinese soldiers performed Yoga postures at the height of 16,942 feet DOB meeting point on Indian side and claimed that activity done on International Yoga Day will go down in the annals of history as a “landmark achievement”.

“The troops were given a talk during the session on the importance of health and wellbeing by the experts,” he said.

It may be recalled that last year the armies of two countries were engaged in an eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation at Doklam during the border standoff that lasted for 73 days. It was only after President Xi and PM Modi met at the BRICS summit that both the countries began to take steps towards ‘de-escalation’ at the border.

Subsequently, PM Modi went to China twice thereafter to meet President Xi at Wuhan and Qingdao as both countries sought to link with each other through trade and cultural activities.

The defence spokesperson informed that all units of Ladakh-based fire and furry corps also celebrated the International Yoga day.

“Sadhguru, founder of Isha Foundation was himself present at Siachen Base Camp and participated in the Yoga with the troops. Soldiers deployed at the highest battlefield of the world showed keen interest in learning various Yoga Asanas and meditation techniques,” he said.

Meanwhile, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) deployed along with army on eastern front facing China also performed yoga at the high altitude.

“Surya Namaskar performed by Himveers of the ITBP at cold desert of Ladakh at an altitude of over 18,000. It keeps us safe against all odds in such climate,” an ITBP spokesperson informed.

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