Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that before 2001, no one knew significance of 9/11 and related it to Swami Vivekananda’s Chicago address. “There was a significant 9/11, 125 years ago too,” said the Prime Minister. PM Modi said this during an event to mark 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s Chicago address and Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya centenary celebrations. Hailing Swami Vivekananda, PM said that the 9/11 of 1893 was about love, harmony and brotherhood. “Swami Vivekananda raised his voice against the social evils that has entered our society. Just with a few words, a youngster from India won over the world and showed the world the power of oneness,” PM said. The Prime Minister said, “Swami Vivekananda said that o nly rituals will not connect an individual to divinity…he said Jan Seva is Prabhu Seva.” PM Modi said those who litter in public, should not chant ‘Vande Mataram’.
The convention of students is being held on a day Vivekananda delivered his historic address at Chicago in 1893, he noted. “This year, we are marking 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s Chicago address and Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya centenary celebrations,” the prime minister yesterday said in tweet. 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.
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The Prime Minister’s speech is being aired live across colleges and universities in the country. West Bengal state government has directed all the universities and colleges under its jurisdiction to ignore the directive of University Grants Comission (UGC) to arrange live telecast of PM Modi’s speech.