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Unpacking Ann Romney: How A Would-Be Mormon First Lady Looks Abroad

The wife of Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney is a mix of trailblazer and tradition, Le Monde's correspondent explains to French readers. Mother of five children, Ann Romney tries to humanize her husband and put to rest any final doubts about th

Mrs. and Mr. Romney (BU interactive)
Mrs. and Mr. Romney (BU interactive)
Corine Lesnes

WASHINGTON - For the Republican candidates even more than for their Democratic counterparts, being with their wives during rallies is a necessity: it's a sign of their commitment to family values. In this respect, Mitt Romney stands as a champion. His wife Ann sticks to him like a leech. Unlike Newt Gingrich's wife Callista, Ann Romney also participates in the campaign: she defends her husband, she's involved in controversies....and she tweets. At 63, she only wears flashy jackets, striking a pose that is anything but unassuming.

To be the wife of a presidential candidate is a thankless job. In 2008, Michelle Obama was pushed aside by her husband's advisers after she made "insufficiently patriotic statements' seen as potentially scaring away white voters. Ann Romney is not held back. The Republican staff look for new ways to push her into the stoplight -- and her husband does not stop talking about her.

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Taking A Position: A Call To Regulate Yoga In India

Trained practitioners warn that unregulated yoga can be detrimental to people's health. The government in India, where the ancient practice was invented, knows this very well — yet continues to postpone regulation.

Prime Minister Modi at a mass yoga demonstration in Lucknow, India

Banjot Kaur

NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the observance of the eighth International Yoga Day from Mysuru, in southwestern India, early on the morning of June 21. Together with his colleagues from the Bharatiya Janata Party, he set out to mark the occasion in various parts of the country — reviving an annual ritual that had to take a break for the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yoga is one of the five kinds of alternative Indian medicine listed under India’s AYUSH efforts — standing for "Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and naturopathy, and Homeopathy." Among them, only yoga is yet to be regulated under any Act of Parliament: All other practices are governed by the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (NCISM), Act 2020.

Yoga and naturopathy are taught at the undergraduate level in 70 medical colleges across 14 Indian states. The Mangalore University in Karnataka first launched this course in 1989; today, these subjects are also taught at the postgraduate level.

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