PM Modi pays tribute to Vivekananda, addresses students

RSTV Bureau

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed students at Vigyan Bhavan in Delhi to mark the 125th anniversary of the historic speech made by Swami Vivekananda at Chicago in 1893.

The Prime Minister said that Vivekananda’s speech continues to “inspire generations”.

Addressing  a students’ convention, PM Modi said that had his message been followed, history would never have witnessed dastardly acts like the 9/11 terror attack in the US.

The Prime Minister went on to say that Swami Vivekananda drew the entire world’s attention to our nation’s rich history and strong cultural roots.

“Vivekananda supported innovation and distinguished skill from knowledge,” said PM Modi while elaborating that his government was working in the same direction.


PM Modi also batted for innovation and promoting skills among the youth and asked them to work for a modern India.

“The world evaluates us based on where we stand today, not where we were 5,000 years ago,” the PM added. He also stressed that there was no better place for creativity and innovation than university campuses.

PM Modi also spoke about sanitation and keeping the country clean.

Urging people to keep their surroundings clean, the Prime Minister said that those who keep their surroundings clean have the first right to chant Vande Mataram.

Referring to the correspondence between Vivekananda and Jamsetji Tata — asking the industrialist to set up industry in India — he said it shows the spiritual leader’s concerns on India’s self-reliance.