Here’s why Indians are trolling The New York Times

The New York Times recently published a piece on the benefits of deep breathing. 

“Scientists at Stanford University may have uncovered for the first time why taking deep breaths can be so calming,” the article says, quoting Stanford research. “The research, on a tiny group of neurons deep within the brains of mice, also underscores just how intricate and pervasive the links are within our body between breathing, thinking, behaving and feeling.”

For the most part, Indians did not disagree with the assumption, but they did have a problem with the phrase “for the first time.” 

They teared into the publication for not acknowledging the centuries-old practice of Yoga, for which, incidentally, the world credits India. Deep breathing, one of the most popular exercises in Yoga, is known as pranayam and has been practised for eons. 

The NYT article makes no mention of it. And readers are burning the publication for the oversight. 

There are angry comments on NYT‘s website…

Image: NEW YORK TIMES SCREENGRAB

…and, of course, on social media. 

And leading the charge on Twitter is top Indian businessman Anand Mahindra, who runs Mahindra Group — the $18 billion automobiles-to-IT conglomerate.

Good morning, NYT? LOL.

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