Swami Vivekananda Chicago address anniversary: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed a students’ convention to mark the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s Chicago address and BJP ideologue Deendayal Upadhyaya’s centenary celebrations. The theme of the convention is ‘Young India, New India’. PM Modi paid rich tribute to Swami Vivekananda, Deendayal Upadhyaya and Vinoba Bhave. “This year, we are marking 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s Chicago address and Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya centenary celebrations,” the prime minister said in a tweet that he posted yesterday. He said Vivekananda strongly believed in the power of “Yuva Shakti’ (youth power) and saw a vital place for youngsters in the realm of nation-building.”Inspired by the ideals of Swami Vivekananda, we are working tirelessly towards realising the dreams and aspirations of our youth,” the prime minister said.
Here are five key takeaways of PM Narendra Modi speech
Make in India: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the correspondence between Swami Vivekananda and Jamsetji Tata will show the concern Swami JI had towards India’s self-reliance. “Jamsetji himself said that he took Swamiji’s words for inspiration to set up industries in the country,” PM Modi said. The Prime Minister said that India is changing, India’s standing at the global stage is rising and this is due to Jan Shakti.
Clean University campuses: PM Modi has exhorted students to make university campuses clean. “There is no better place for creativity and innovation than university campuses. Student organisations, while campaigning for University elections should give more importance to cleanliness,” PM Modi said.
One Asia: “Swami Vivekananda had given the concept of ‘One Asia.’ He said that the solutions to the world’s problems will come from Asia,” PM Narendra Modi said.
9/11: “Today is 9/11…this day became widely spoken about after 2001 but there was another 9/11 of 1893 which we remember,” said PM Modi. He added that because the world forgot the 125 year old 9/11 message, the one in this century happened. He said that Vivekananda’s 9/11 message was all about brotherhood and love.
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Vande Mataram: PM Modi surprised all when he conveyed a tough love message to the students gathered for the occasion on whether they have the right to chant Vande Mataram. PM has been tirelessly pitching for ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’. “I want to specially mention all those people who are working tirelessly to keep India clean,” said the Prime Minister. “I am going to say something that I know will hurt many people. I ask all Hindustan, do we have the right to chant ‘Vande Mataram’ if we litter our country?,” asked PM Modi.
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He added, “We spread garbage across Bharat Ma and then want to chant Vande Mataram.” He concluded by saying, “If there is someone who has the first right to chant Vande Mataram, then that is those who are cleaning the country.”