Zed noted that although under its “our values”, BBC claimed “we respect each other and celebrate our diversity”, but describing yoga as “fad”, which was usually referred as “a living fossil” and whose traces went back to around 2,000 BC to Indus Valley civilization,was highly “disrespectful”. Was calling yoga as “fad” BBC’s way of educating and informing the world correctly; whose “mission” was listed as: “to enrich people's lives with programmes and services that inform, educate and entertain”? Zed asked.
Few months back BBC labeled Hindu festival of Holi as “filthy festival” to which it apologized later. In an email to Zed, BBC News’ Editor On Demand Mark Barlex then wrote: “…we apologise for any offence that was caused.”
Founded in 1922, headquartered in Westminster London, and established under the Royal Charter; world’s largest broadcaster BBC (autonomous public service broadcaster) has been blamed in the past for racism, imperialist stance, Indophobic bias, anti-Hindu bigotry, anti-American bias, etc. Helen Boaden is Director of BBC News Group and Diane Coyle is Trustees Vice Chairman.
Yoga, a world heritage and liberation powerhouse, was a mental and physical discipline handed down from one guru to next, for everybody to share and benefit from. According to Patanjali who codified it in Yoga Sutra, yoga was a methodical effort to attain perfection, through the control of the different elements of human nature, physical and psychical. It was the repository of something basic in the human soul and psyche, Zed added.
According to United States National Institutes of Health, yoga may help one to feel more relaxed, be more flexible, improve posture, breathe deeply, and get rid of stress. According to an estimate, about 16 million Americans, including many celebrities, now practice yoga.
Oxford Concise Dictionary of World Religions defines “yoga” as: “The means or techniques for transforming consciousness and attaining liberation…” “Fad” generally means “passing fashion” which is short-lived.