Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday addressed a gathering of students on the theme of ‘Young India, New India’. The event also marked the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s Chicago address in 1893. Addressing a convention of students, PM Narendra Modi said, “I got goosebumps when I heard Vande Mataram chants.” Continuing his statement, PM Modi said, “I know my this statement is going to hurt a lot of people.” He added, “Think 50 times and tell me do we have right to chant Vande Mataram?”. Prime Minister Modi asked, “I ask entire Hindustan, do we have the right to chant ‘Vande Mataram’ if we litter our country?” Prime Minister Modi then said that those engaged in cleaning jobs have the first right to say Vande Mataram.
Here is the video clip of PM Narendra Modi’s hard-hitting speech:-
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered the speech in New Delhi on the occasion of BJP ideologue Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya’s centenary celebrations, and Vivekananda’s Chicago address.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) had sent letters to universities and other institutes of higher education to facilitate arrangements for viewing Modi’s speech.
Swami Vivekananda had represented India and Hinduism at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in 1893.
FULL SPEECH OF PM MODI
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also paid homage to Swami Vivekananda on the occasion of the 125th year of his historic address at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago. “Our heartfelt homage to Swami Vivekananda on the anniversary of his historic address to the Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893,” Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle.