Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the youth are giving a fitting reply to those who are trying to divide the country. “Our youth will never be misled,” PM Narendra Modi said on Friday, in a video conference address to a programme to mark National Youth Day and Sarva Dharma Sabha at Belagavi, Karnataka.
Recalling the contribution of Swami Vivekananda, on whose birth anniversary the day is celebrated, the Prime Minister said that there was a lot of against propaganda against India in the western world and he had proved them wrong. He had also raised his voice against social evils.
Swami Vivekananda emphasised on brotherhood and believed that our well-being lies in the development of India, he explained.
PM Narendra Modi also inaugurated the 22nd National Youth Festival (NYF) being held in Naya Raipur, Chhattisgarh, through video conferencing. He described Swami Vivekananda as an inspiration for all youth. He pointed out that a youth is one who works towards his future goals, unmindful of the past.
The Prime Minister said that youth from different parts of India, assembled in Chhattisgarh today, represented its diversity but were united in one mantra, of serving Mother India.
He said this united resolve had one day brought us Independence, and was today taking India to new heights. A nation which was so abundantly youthful, should have objectives and dreams which are boundless, he pointed out.
National Youth Day is celebrated in schools, by youths participating in parades, recitations, music, songs, conventions, Yogasanas, presentations, essay-writing competitions, seminars, sports and more. Lectures and writings related to the ideas of Swami Vivekananda are also propagated by students and others to inspire Indian youths.
There are many youth organisations, study circles and service projects which derive inspiration from the writings and lectures of Vivekananda who lived only for 39 years. He is best known for his address to the World’s Parliament of Religions held in Chicago, United States, in 1893.