PM bats for innovation, asks youth to work for modern India

Refers to Swami Vivekananda's 9/11 speech, links right to chant Vande Mataram with cleanliness as duty
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NEW DELHI
11 Sep 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today batted for innovation and promoting skills among the youth and asked them to work for a modern India.

The world evaluates the country where it is today not what it was 5,000 years ago or during the times of Lord Rama or Buddha, the prime minister said at an event to mark the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda's address at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago. Vivekananda supported experimentation and innovation and his government was working according to the ideals shown by him, Modi said. The Prime Minister referred to Vivekananda s address as 09/11 and also referred to the terror attack on the US on September 11, 2001.

The devastating terror strike might not have happened if the significance of the other 09/11 had not been forgotten. Vivekananda, the Prime Minister added, had given the message of love and brotherhood. Modi used the occasion to speak against people who litter and said those who do so have no right to say Vande Mataram. He was addressing a students' convention at Vigyan Bhawan to mark the 125 years of Swami Vivekananda's address at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago and the centenary celebrations of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay.

"As I entered, I heard people loudly chanting Vande Mataram...The value of patriotism fills my heart. I am asking all countrymen whether we have the right to chant Vande Mataram. I know this will hurt many people. We chew 'paan' and spit it out on Mother India (Bharat maa par pichakaari mare) and then chant Vande Mataram. Throw garbage and then chant Vande Mataram... The sanitation and cleaning workers have the first right to say Vande Mataram," he said.

The Prime Minister also asked colleges to hold cultural events to celebrate other states and added in a light-hearted vein that he was not against celebrating days like Rose Day.