The philosophy of Vivekananda is a re-invention of ancient Indian thoughts, Chairman of the Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR) Basudev Chatterjee has said. Vivekananda was a practical philosopher who synthesised the positive elements of Indian and Western cultures and exhorted the youth to be fearless, he said.
He was delivering the inaugural address at a national seminar on ‘Swami Vivekananda and national reconstruction,’ organised jointly by the Malabar Institute of Research and Development and Keraleeyan Smaraka Samithi here on Tuesday. The former Vice-Chancellor of Calicut University K.K.N. Kurup presided over the function.
Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Benoy Viswom said that Vivekananda was different from the traditional ‘sanyasis.’ Though he was not a political activist, he talked politics. He proclaimed that he was a socialist and also said that the rule of the common people would come. His principles were based on equality, said Mr. Viswom.
Various scholars presented papers on Vivekananda and his thoughts.