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Yoga cannot be imposed on any body: SC

New Delhi: Supreme Court’s Bench consisting of Chief Justice T. S. Thakur, Justice D. Y. Chandrachud and Justice L. Nageshwar Rao refused to take up a PIL petition regarding yoga for hearing and said that it can neither impose yoga on any body nor can direct any educational institution to include it (yoga) in its syllabus. While refusing to take up this petition for hearing it asked the petitioner to approach another bench of this very Court which is scheduled to hear a petition on this. It may be stated that the petitioner, one Ashwini Upadhya in his PIL petition had requested the court that HRD ministry, central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), and NCERT may be directed to provide and supply standard books on yoga and health education for students of 1st to 8th classes and include these in the schools syllabus. The Bench asked the petitioner to himself go or start a campaign of asking and inducing the people to practice yoga. Supreme Court’s Bench pronounced this verdict on 8 November.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 December 2016 on page no. 14

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