CS leads islanders in paying rich tributes to Swami Vivekananda on his birth anniv

Port Blair
12 Jan 2018

The Chief Secretary, Shri Anindo Majumdar led the islanders in paying rich tributes to Swami Vivekananda on his birth anniversary today which was also observed as National Youth Day. At a function held at the JNRM premises this morning, the Chief Secretary offered floral tributes at the statue of Swami Vivekananda, followed by the Adhyaksha Zilla Parishad South Andaman, Smt. Baby Farida, the Secretary RK Mission Swami Amartyananda, senior officers of the Administration.
In his address, the Chief Secretary said, the birthday of Swami Vivekananda is celebrated as National Youth Day since 1985 and in Islands this day is celebrated from 2001 on a regular basis by organizing various activities. The Chief Secretary said, Swami Vivekananda was the first person in recent years to bring to the western World the best culture and glorious heritage of India.
The Chief Secretary called upon the youth of the Islands to draw inspiration from the life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda to take our country towards further progress and prosperity. Swami Vivekananda lived a short life but achieved so much in that little time said the Chief Secretary reminding the students about the contributions made by Swami Vivekananda in India’s freedom struggle, towards poverty reduction and addressing social issues and caste discriminations. “We have to rededicate ourselves to build a strong society and nation free from all kinds of evils, the Chief Secretary said.
The Secretary, RK Mission, Swami Amartyananda while giving an insight about the life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda said he is epitome of Indian Culture. Swami Vivekananda's lectures and writings were a source of inspiration and have motivated numerous youth organizations. As it was felt that the philosophy of Swamiji and the ideals for which he lived and worked could be a great source of inspiration for the Indian Youth, the Government of India decided to observe the birthday of Swami Vivekananda (12 January) as National Youth Day every year from 1985 onwards, he added.
The members of Sharda Sangha presented a patriotic song befitting the occasion. The programme, participated by a good number of youth, was organized by the Department of Sports and Youth affairs, in association with Department of Education and Ramakrishna Mission.