Addressing students on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s famous address at World Parliament of Religions in Chicago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday again stressed on the need for all Indian citizens to join in the campaign for a “Clean India”, saying citizens should think fifty times and ask themselves whether they have the right to chant ‘Vande Mataram’ when they can’t keep the country clean or abuse the land on which they live.
“First we chew tobacco and then spit on our Bharat Maa, then, do we have the right to chant Vande Mataram?” asked Prime Minister Modi to the youth attending the event.
“If anybody has the right over this nation, then they are those who work for the cleanliness of the nation, and only they have the right to call Bharat Maa theirs,” said the Prime Minister
The speech was listened to by university students via video conference across the nation. Talking about the day, Prime Minister Modi said that today 9/11 became widely spoken about after 2001, but there was another 9/11 of 1893 which the nation remembers.
“Just with a few words, a youngster from India won over the world and showed the world the power of oneness,” Prime Minister Modi said.
He also said that the 9/11 of 1893 was about love, harmony, and brotherhood.
Talking about Swami Vivekananda, a major influence in introducing Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world, Prime Minister Modi said, “Swami Vivekananda introduced India’s power and strength to the entire world.”
He further said that Swami Vivekananda raised his voice against the social evils that have entered the India society, and added, “Only rituals will not connect an individual to divinity. Swami Vivekananda had said ‘Jan Seva is Prabhu Seva’, meaning serving the people is like serving the God.”
Prime Minister also said that more than being in search of a Guru, Swami Vivekananda was in search of the truth.
“Swami Vivekananda did not believe in sermonising. His ideas and idealism paved way for an institutional framework through Ramakrishna Mission,” Prime Minister Modi conferred.
On the 16th anniversary of the dreadful 9/11 attacks by al-Qaeda’s founder and the mastermind of the attacks, Prime Minister Modi said, “There is one 9/11 where Vivekananda worked hard to flourish the country, on other hand we saw the 21st century 9/11 that destroyed humanity.”
-Inputs from IANS