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Government schools in Rajasthan open from today to rehearse yoga and celebrate Yoga Day on June 21
The government schools in Rajasthan opened from today with shortened summer vacation to prepare for and celebrate Yoga Day on June 21. however, the private schools will open from July 1. The celebration of Yoga Day has been made compulsory in all the government schools of Rajasthan.

The government schools teachers and students in Jaipur have been asked to report at the local Sawai Man Singh Stadium for massive state level celebration of the day.

There are mixed reactions to cutting short the summer vacation and making participation in Yoga Day celebration by government schools. The plea is that it is an international observance and participation has to be voluntary and mobilized through awareness campaigns.

Moreover, this time summer is extremely hot and outdoor 'ordered yoga' is inappropriate, many feel. "Children should be reached out through electronic media for motivation and participation in Yoga at home with their families during summer," said a worried parent of a child going to a government school in the city who went to school to rehearse yoga today.

With Rajasthan and Haryana having had made Yoga compulsory for school children and now there are talks that the government might make it compulsory in the entire nation owing to the recommendations of Subramanian Committee.

"Yoga is good for health and is seen as a peaceful art which is needed to be performed with peace. Making it compulsory and uniform will hardly do any good. It should be promoted with peaceful persuasion, compulsion and orders do not match with very essence of yoga," said a retired teacher while reacting to the way in which the event is being organized.

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