Border Guard Bangladesh authorities believe that the border guards are not yet ready to get yoga training to be provided by India Border Security Force.
‘We are taking preparation. Once we are ready, we will bring their [BSF] trainers, but we are not ready at this point,’ said BGB director general Major General Abul Hossain told New Age on August 3.
Border guard and its counterpart Indian Border Security Force on the 44th director general-level border conference in Dhaka in February 18-22 made a set of recommendations as part of confidence building measures, including joint training, joint exercise and adventure training.
‘BSF will send instructors to train BGB members on yoga in Bangladesh,’ a joint statement read.
According to Indian media, BSF decided to replace the routine drills for its soldiers and officers with yoga in mid of 2016.
The decision to replace the daily 45-minute drills with yoga in all of its units was taken by BSF director general KK Sharma after 1,900 personnel of the force recently completed a special training under the tutelage of Baba Ramdev at his facility in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar.
‘Yoga as a way of life’ is the mantra being imbibed by Border Security Force. As per their commitment, BSF send hundreds of its personnel for advance yoga training to Patanjali Yogpeeth.
Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice originated in India.
Yoga is considered as a philosophical school in Hinduism, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan wrote in his book Indian Philosophy.
Yoga training, however, triggered a debate whether it was permissible in Islam.
Hefazat-e-Islam in a statement on June 20 said that yoga had no relations with the Muslims and ‘we assume, current ruling fundamentalist party, BJP, is using yoga as a tool to implement its Hinduism agenda.’
Bangladesh Islamic Foundation director general Shamim Mohammad Afzal, however, recently said that he was not clear whether yoga was permissible in Islam while ruling Awami League advisory council member Khandaker Golam Faruk Nakhshabandi said it was permissible but male and female should perform separately.
BGB-BSF joint statement in February had opted that the yoga training of male and female birder guards would be held separately.
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