Pune\’s Yoga Guru Gets Chinese Bow

\"\"The Chinese government released eight stamps featuring the Pune-based internationally acclaimed yoga guru, BKS Iyengar, during the China-India yoga summit held in Guangzhou between June 17 and June 19.The stamps, released by the Beijing branch of the China Post, are special considering that there are no stamps featuring the yoga guru, a Padma Shri (1991) and Padma Bhushan (2002), in his own country.

Speaking to DNA at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (Rimyi) in Pune on Wednesday, Iyengar said, \”The only time the Indian government featured Iyengar yoga on a stamp, they chose to print the image of one of my English students instead.\”Iyengar said the latest yoga summit was the brainchild of the governments of both the countries. The three-day summit, held inside a gymnastics stadium used for the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, saw the guru teach yoga techniques to 1,300 students comprising 950 Chinese and the rest a mix of nationalities from across the world..(source-Dainik Bhaskar)

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2 Responses to Pune\’s Yoga Guru Gets Chinese Bow

  1. Pradeep Kumar Mallik says:

    Dear Sir,
    While quoting any news item from any source (in this case “Dainik Bhaskar), Editor must take care that its reader should get correct but not misleading information. In this case as a philatelist you should have informed to your reader that this is not a postage stamp issued on the Yoga guru, but it is only a personalized stamp. The “all knowing and all wise” editor of “Dainik Bhaskar” can not differentiate the importance of a postage stamp and a personalized stamp. But we expect this from you. As your site is ranked no. 1. you must take care of silly information. As you are aware that getting your photo on the adjoining tab of such stamps one need not to receipient of Padma shri of Padma Bhushan. You have already published so many such stamps from India after INDIPEX 2011. I feel sorry for such harsh comment, but you will take care of such things. At least while quoting such misleading news items give your editor’s note along side.

  2. abhay tiku says:

    It is quite surprising as it is quite evident that the yoga guru’s label is quite clearly attached to a postage stamp, something that is typical for a personalized issue taken out by many philatelic bureaus across the globe.

    Journalism is losing its sheen because of shoddy research and internal bias. On top of that we are already going through a phase in Indian philately where sections of people, caste, religion, ethnic orientation are vying for some sort of recognition by means of getting depicted and honored by a postage stamp.

    Are people the only aspect of India ? Why are we so hell bent on taking out stamps on multitudes of people when we know that the more loved stamps are always the ones which have a overall Indian appeal.

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