“It was mostly Indians working at the Embassy and some diplomats from other embassies,” Bahuguna told
. The 35-year-old from Rishikesh has been in China for 13 years, running a private yoga studio. This is the first time he had been invited to hold the Yoga Day session. “The celebrations are usually big, with collaborations with several studios in Beijing.”
But Bahuguna is convinced the low turnout has nothing to do with the military standoff at the Galwan Valley. “I have not faced any boycott. Two weeks ago, a market in Beijing became an epicentre of many new cases. So there is some apprehension about gatherings,” he said. Indian ambassador Vikram Misri, who attended the event, thought the same.
“Even with the challenges ahead of us, we had thought of an event on a relatively large scale. But with the recent outbreak, we had to scale things down,” he said.