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Sadhguru Vasudev founder of Isha Vidhya says “Yoga is not Indian” at UN debate

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Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev in New Yrork at the United Nations

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev in New Yrork at the United Nations

NEW YORK (Diya TV) “We must understand that yoga is not an Indian (thing). If you want to call yoga Indian, then you must call gravity European”, said Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev on the eve of International Yoga Day at the United Nations on 22nd June, 2016

“Yes, Yoga originated in India and being Indians we are proud of it, but that does not mean it belongs to the country. The very fact that the UN has declared an International Yoga Day means that India has gifted it to the world. It does not belong to India anymore”, added Sadhguru Jaggi.

Sadhguru, the founder of Isha Foundation focused on yoga as a science and technology for human betterment because “one does not have to believe in yoga, they just have to learn to use it like any other technology. If one learns how to use it, it works for them”, he said.

The path to achieving those goals starts with the individual, he said. “You cannot transform the world without changing the individual. The world is a larger manifestation of who we are.”

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev addressing the United Nations Diplomats

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev addressing the United Nations Diplomats

Sadhguru said that, most people assign specific timings to perform their daily yoga but he does is it all day. To popularize yoga, Vasudev said, begin with ‘upayoga’ for those who are not ready to deal with the spirituality of it. Upayoga starts with the physical and psychological aspects.

Also recently at the Joint session of Congress with the US Diplomats, “India’s Ancient heritage of yoga has over 30 million practitioners in the US. it is estimated that U.S. people bend more for yoga than throwing a curveball- which shows the cultural connections between Indians and the Americans”,said Narendra Modi.

“However attached they may be to those cultural elements, they should keep that aside and teach yoga as a science and as a technology. This is most important because only then will it be internationally relevant,” he said.

The meeting was an attempt to “delve into this intellectual side of yoga and to relate it to the political vision we have collectively set ourselves in the form of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)”, he concluded.

Also, at the United Nations, various yoga poses were projected on a side wall on the U.N. headquarters building to highlight the role yoga can play in helping the U.N. achieve its SDG’s.

Sadhguru Vasudev tweeted to Prime Minister Modi saying

On the other hand, Prime Minister Modi participated in the Mass Yoga session among 30,000 children in the city of Chandigarh performing some complex yoga positions and spreading the joy of celebrating International Yoga Day and he tweeted saying

 

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U.S. and India conduct joint military drill on Diego Garcia in Indian Ocean

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DIEGO GARCIA, Indian Ocean (Diya TV) — The U.S. and Indian Navies went submarine hunting in the Indian Ocean, their first bilateral anti-submarine warfare exercise since a signing pact to work more closely together last fall.

India’s exports to China are up in 2019, while imports declined, leading to a $10 billion reduction in India’s trade deficit with China. Analysts say the current Washington-Beijing trade war has also opened things up for India.

The Jallianwala Massacre 100 years ago that left hundreds dead and 1200 injured at the hands of British troops is considered a key turning point towards a free India. British prime minister Theresa May marked the occasion by expressing “deep regret”, but there are still no apologies.

An effort by an American and British companies to help Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal save the airline from collapse dissolved after Etihad Airways and TPG Capital threatened to walk away themselves if Goyal was part of the deal.

And comedian Hasan Minhaj, who won a 2017 Peabody Award, received another Peabody nomination in the entertainment category for his Netflix show, “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj.”

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Women filmmakers shine at the 2019 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

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IFFLA staff with the 2019 festival winners

LOS ANGELES (Diya TV) — The 17th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) concluded Sunday night with the zany slice-of-life film, The Odds, directed by Megha Ramaswamy. Complete with a glamorous closing night red carpet, and an awards ceremony, the festival ended with an after party at the Spice Affair in Beverly Hills.

(From Left to Right) Praveen Morchale, Christina Marouda, Shazia Iqbal, Anand Patwardhan, Nitin Sonawane , Divya Kohli Courtesy: Javeed Sheikh Photography

IFFLA was only four days this year (compared to five days in previous years), but there was still so much to see during that time. In addition to the curated set of films, there was an incredible panel discussion, Breaking in Brown: Making it to Series in TV’s Golden Age, that featured panelists working in various fields in the television industry and their struggles to rise up through the ranks in the Hollywood while being brown.

Panel Discussion Breaking in Brown. Courtesy: Javeed Sheikh Photography

This year’s film lineup boasted five world premieres, two North American premieres, two U.S. premieres and eleven Los Angeles Premieres, with films presented in nine different languages. The overall atmosphere was very relaxed, even with films that tackled difficult subject matters. Roughly fifty percent of the films were directed by women. Filmmakers and staff alike hoped for a future where it will be normal to have women and men equally making films.

Kicking off the awards ceremony, Director of Programming, Mike Dougherty, announced the winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature, Widow of Silence.

“We present the Grand Jury prize to a film that illuminates a condition that most of the world doesn’t get to see and shines a light on the characters that live through it everyday…This filmmaker’s civic disobedience illustrates their love and compassion for their country and their people, and the craft of their film-making was beautifully wise and refined.”

Director Praveen Morchhale was visibly surprised as he walked up to receive his award. The film he said was about those, “that nobody talks about and nobody treats them as a human.” Even though it was Morchhale’s first time at IFFLA, he felt as if he had been coming here for many years. He credited his win to the women in Kashmir the film portrayed.

The Audience Award for Best Feature went to Reason. Director Anand Patwardhan received a standing ovation when he went to collect his award. Patwardhan said, “most of the time our film is getting thrown out of festivals, I wasn’t expecting this.” He added that it meant a lot for the film to be well received at IFFLA and how that will hopefully impact its reception in India.

Shazia Iqbal’s Bebaak was a crowd favorite winning the Audience Award For Best Short Film. The jury mentioned how she almost gave up on filming because she was getting thrown out of mosques. Iqbal spoke about how when people think of Muslims, they only think of Muslim men and not women, many of whom experience tremendous misogyny. She hopes people will be able to “see beyond what misogyny and religion does to people.” Iqbal added, “a director is nothing without their team.”

“a layered portrait of a woman determined to pursue her needs and impulses,” the Grand Jury awarded their prize for Best Short to The Field from director Sandhya Suri. “the film takes images that normally evoke a sense of fear and flips the narrative on its head redefining a new more empowered world for the female protagonist and exploring an often unseen story of a woman’s drive and agency over her own body and life,” the jury added.

After the awards, Dougherty introduced the closing night film, The Odds by saying the film was the “perfect way to close IFFLA on a celebratory note.”


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One-on-One with Prime Minister Modi

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — In a rare sit-down interview in the middle of an election, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi discusses his first term and what he plans to accomplish if he is elected to a second term. Watch the full interview tonight on a special Diya TV Dialogue at 7 pm.

Two U.S. Senators are urging more negotiations with India over a Trump administration plan to end preferential imports because it could raise costs for American consumers.

Meanwhile, India purchased a missile system from Russia. Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is hopeful the deal will avoid sanctions and scrutiny from the U.S.

Thiru Vignarajah a former federal prosecutor, who also once served as deputy Attorney General in the state of Maryland, announced he is running for mayor of Baltimore as a Democrat.

And our entertainment reporter, Kari Lane will take you behind the scenes at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, an event proudly sponsored by Diya TV, full of some of the brightest stars you will soon see on the silver screen.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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