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Gandhi Center in The Hague, April 11, 2017. On the picture the yoga teacher Amit Khanna with Najat Bellouki (Morocco), Naima Shennib Swessi (Libya), Mita Mukul (India), Dr Dilruba Nasrin (Bangladesh), Natalia Tymoshenko (Ukraine). Ntokozo Koloane, (South Africa) Patricia van Oordt de Arias (Spain), Linda Zin (Malaysia) Midori Inomata (Japan) Ayadi Daorua (Algerie), Delkhaz Barzani (Iraq).

On 11 April 2017, a group of diplomatic spouses and the official yoga instructor at the Indian Embassy’s Gandhi Centre in The Hague, Mr. Amit Khanna, dedicated a farewell yoga session to Mrs. Mita Mukul who is returning to India with her husband, H.E. Ambassador, J.S. Mukul.

During their stay in the Netherlands the couple have worked tirelessly to promote their country. Mrs. Mukul, who first arrived in The Hague in July 2015, successfully organized the first yoga sessions in the city specially for the diplomatic community.

Mr.Amit Khanna.

“I took the initiative to start the programme twice a week for diplomats and their spouses,” she explained to Diplomat Magazine. “The idea was to popularise yoga amongst the community. It has been a wonderful experience practicing yoga together with a group of friendly enthusiasts.”

Mrs. Mukul and the Ambassador are themselves keen yoga practitioners. To mark International Yoga Day 2016, they jointly organized and coordinated a massive multicultural yoga session for some 600 attendees in the atrium of The Hague’s City Hall.

Dilruba Nasrin, from Bangladesh and Linda Zin, from Malaysia.

Many diplomats from different nationalities have since paid a twice-weekly visit to the Gandhi Centre, including representatives from Algeria, Bangladesh,  Bolivia, Egypt, Iraq, Japan, Malaysia, Morocco, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Ukraine and several Latin American nations, among others.

Diplomat Magazine was specially invited to cover the celebration, publishing several articles on India’s efforts to promote yoga at an international level.

The Diplomat Magazine team would like to wish the Mukuls a safe return to India.

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