Ashgabat (Turkmenistan), July 11: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday termed terrorism and climate change as the biggest problems faced by the world saying the solutions to these can be found in Mahatma Gandhi’s life and ideals.
“The world has two biggest problems today. One is terrorism and the second is climate change. The solution to both these problems can be found in Mahatama Gandhi’s life and his ideals,” Modi said in Turkmenistan’s capital.
He was speaking after inaugurating a traditional medicine and yoga centre here where he also unveiled a bust of the father of the nation.
Modi also expressed hope that people of Turkmenistan will learn about the ideals and life of Mahatma Gandhi.
Noting that yoga helps humans to live in sync with nature, Modi said that it was not a physical exercise but a synchronisation of body, mind, soul and intellect.
Modi said: “Yoga also helps humans to live with nature. Yoga is not a physical programme. How much the body bends or legs bend, this is not the objective of yoga.”
The Prime Minister said: “Body, mind, soul and intellect, the art to connect each of this in one direction can be learnt from yoga. Do not concern yourself with how much the body bends, you should focus on how to synchronise mind and intellect.”
He said that both the newly-inaugurated yoga centre and the bust of Mahatma Gandhi will convey an apt message not only in Turkmenistan but the entire Central Asia.
Referring to his conversation with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, Modi said the president referred to the yoga centre being inaugurated today as “a product of our deliberations.
“He (president) said that he will make a world class yoga centre and make this country an experimentation site in showing the world as to how yoga can help bring change in our lives,” Modi said.
He hoped that the bust of Mahatma Gandhi would prompt people of Turkmenistan to make efforts in knowing and understanding Gandhi.
The Prime Minister said that his visit to Turkmenistan has been memorable, as he departed for Bishkek city in Kyrgyzstan.
Prime Minister Modi took to twitter to share his experience. He posted: “This visit to Turkmenistan has been memorable. We have achieved substantial progress in deepening cooperation between our nations.”
Prime Minister Modi, who issued a joint statement with Turkmenistan, proposed that Turkmenistan becomes a member of the International North South Transport Corridor.
The Prime Minister, who arrived here yesterday on the fourth leg of his Central Asian tour, was earlier in the day accorded a ceremonial welcome by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov at the Oguzkhan Palace in Ashgabat.
This is the first visit to Turkmenistan by an Indian Prime Minister after PV Narasimha Rao’s visit in 1995.
(With Agency Inputs)