In India, yoga gets its service

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a speech in Bombay.

To further his passion, the Indian Prime Minister did not hesitate to create a new portfolio.

In politics, sometimes you have to know how to stay calm. Narendra Modi, the Indian Prime Minister, knows something about this. He does his yoga exercises every day. Taking advantage of a major government reshuffle, he established his passion as a ministry dedicated to this traditional Indian discipline. Yoga now has its representative in the government, Shripad Yesso Naik, former tourism minister.

The Yoga Minister is also responsible for Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha. Understanding traditional Indian medicine. Homeopathy and naturopathy are also among his areas of expertise.

It may be fun to start a yoga ministry, but in India it is a serious matter. The practice has its roots in Hindu culture. And in a country where there is a large Muslim community, it is a way for nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi to favor the dominant culture.

Establish a World Yoga Day

This is not the first time that Narendra Modi has embraced yoga. Last September he already distinguished himself by calling on the UN to consider establishing a World Yoga Day. “It's not about sport, but about discovering the meaning of harmony with yourself, the world and nature,” he explained. During a trip to the USA, he even managed to talk to Barack Obama about discipline.

In total, Narendra Modi brought 21 new ministers and state secretaries into the government. He also decided to reduce the responsibilities of Arun Jaitley, who had combined defense and finance since May and was suffering from health problems. The Ministry of Defense has been entrusted to Manohar Parrikar, who will have the difficult task of leading the modernization of the Indian Army and in particular leading the negotiations for the acquisition of 126 Rafale fighter jets.

When he won the election in May, Narendra Modi promised to bring growth and investment to India. To calm the markets, a yoga ministry may have had to be formed, who knows.