Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the nation-wide “Fit India Movement” and appealed every citizen to remain healthy and fit. The event was launched at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi on Thursday. On the occasion he also paid tributes to hockey wizard Dhyan Chand who was instrumental in raising India’s name in the field of the game. Modi was concerned over the technology loaded modern life which has been the major cause for sedentary lifestyle today and the changing criteria of fitness, which is being a personal choice, has always been an integral part of our culture. India has the privilege of having worlds one of the oldest system of medicine but this ancient knowledge today has submerged in the world of modernity. Government has been enduring to validating the ancient research in laboratories and presenting it in a way medical science can also understand. The Prime Minister also asserted that if the healthcare system of the country has to be transformed, it has to be approached in a holistic manner by strengthening the combined power of traditional and modern medicines. We have literature dating back thousands of years. Vedas have references of curing serious illnesses. Unfortunately, we have achieved little success in linking this ancient research, the treasure trove of knowledge, with modernity. He noted that emphasis is being laid on making Ayush an important part of the country’s healthcare system and 1.5 lakh healthcare and wellness centres are being built, of which Ayush is also a critical component. The centres inaugurated by the Prime Minister via video-conferencing are in Panchkula, Ambala, Kaithal, Karnal, Jind, Hisar, Sonipat, Gurugram, Faridabad and Nuh. He also stressed on the need to create a homogenous system by creating an “Ayush grid” on the lines of One Nation, One Tax and One Nation, One Mobility Card. Modi said after ayurveda, yoga, naturopathy, unani, sidda and homeopathy, sowa rigpa is being added as a member of the Ayush family. An international centre to promote sowa rigpa is being built in Ladakh and this is for the first time sowa rigpa a traditional Buddhist medicine practised in Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Darjeeling and Kalimpong areas of West Bengal would be getting national recognition.