As yoga becomes increasingly diffuse and diverse, a single, common definition that can be agreed upon by everyone is almost impossible. Complicating matters further, the term yoga has been in use for several thousand years and has shifted in meaning many times. One of the more persistent assumptions about yoga is that it is very old. When we begin to practice yoga, we are often encouraged to believe that the shapes our bodies are taking are part of an ancient tradition, the same postures having been assumed by initiates over the course of centuries. But while there has been something called “yoga” for a long time, it bears almost no resemblance to what we now mean by the word.

There are several texts that are referenced over and over as the philosophical basis for the physical side of yoga, but little mention of yoga postures is made in them. So if not described in ancient texts, where did yoga poses come from? Yoga as we know it today came into being in comparatively recent history, through a union of factors including the international physical culture movement of the 19th century, which ushered in many new techniques and emphasized the morality of fitness, the influence of colonial British gymnastic conditioning (particularly on standing poses) in India, and the rise of post-colonial Indian nationalism, which sought to identify and promote an indigenous form of exercise.

The 30th anniversary ‘Remna Ni’ or Peace Day, the day of signing of the historic Mizo Accord was celebrated across Mizoram. The Government of India made an earnest effort to bring about an end to the disturbed condition in Mizoram and to restore peace and harmony. Thus Mizo Accord was signed between the Mizo National Front and the Government of India on June 30, 1986. The Mizo Accord so far remains the only successful Peace Accord of its kind in independent India’s history in bringing back lasting peace to the state. However questions are being raised whether the government has fulfilled all the commitments it had made in the accord.

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