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'Vivekananda's Ideas Relevant Even Today'

Swami Vivekananda’s ideas and ideals have great relevance to the current challenges facing India and the world today, according to Chhattisgarh Governor Shekhar Dutt.

Published: 06th January 2014 07:25 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th January 2014 07:25 AM   |  A+A-

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Swami Vivekananda’s ideas and ideals have great relevance to the current challenges facing India and the world today, according to Chhattisgarh Governor Shekhar Dutt.

Addressing a gathering  on ‘Re-enactment of public lecture in February 1897’ during the occasion of a state-wide rath yatra to mark the saffron saint’s 150th birth anniversary, the Governor said that India was known for its distinctive culture and arts, which differed from region to region. “However, there is a remarkable unity in diversity, transcending all barriers of language, lifestyle and so on,” he pointed out.

Defining integration as awareness of a common identity amongst the citizens, he quoted Swami Vivekananda as saying that ‘the sense of National integration is a unity in variety’.He added that people of the country could not afford to be parochial, narrow-minded, provincial and communal because they had a great mission to accomplish.

Earlier, excerpts from a lecture The sages of India delivered by Swami Vivekananda during his visit to Madras (as Chennai was known then) in 1897 was read out.

Swami Gautamanandaji Maharaj and Swami Shivamayanandaji Maharaj of Sri Ramakrishna Mutt and noted educationist Kumara Rani Meena Muthiah also spoke on the occasion.



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