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Germany And China: Reluctant Leaders In An Anxious World

Analysis: Neighbors in Europe worry that Germany is either acting too boldly, or not boldly enough. China's Asian neighbors wonder about the emerging global giant's long-term plans. Berlin and Beijing face a similar question: What to do

Who's laughing now? (RuckSackKruemel/SFTHQ)
Who's laughing now? (RuckSackKruemel/SFTHQ)
Sylvie Kauffmann

If Vladimir Putin or Victor Orban think they're being treated badly by the Western media, they should head over to Greece. At the height of their misfortune, the Greeks have found a perfect target at which to vent their collective rage, like a voodoo doll to sink needles in: Angela Merkel.

The German chancellor is regularly dragged through the press, occasionally depicted with guards in Nazi uniforms, and even with a Hitler-style moustache. Beyond the chancellor, the disgrace extends to all her compatriots, the so-called German occupiers and the historical wrong they haven't finished atoning for. The European Union is portrayed as the "Fourth Reich." Horst Reichenbach, head of the E.U. mission of 45 experts working to straighten out Greece's finances, rarely appears in the papers without a whip and an SS uniform. The austere European bureaucrat told the German magazine Der Spiegel that he had clearly underestimated the challenge that his German nationality would pose in Greece's current climate.

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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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