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Updated: January 13, 2014 05:03 IST

Imbibe Vivekananda’s spirit of tolerance: PM

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi during the closing ceremony of commemoration of 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: V. Sudershan
The Hindu Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi during the closing ceremony of commemoration of 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: V. Sudershan

True religion and religiosity cannot be the basis of hatred and division, he says

As leaders across the political spectrum paid glorious tributes to Swami Vivekananda on his 151st birth anniversary on Sunday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said it was pointless celebrating his life and honouring his memory without imbibing the values he passionately advocated; particularly mutual respect and tolerance for all beliefs.

Dr. Singh and United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi used the closing ceremony of the 150th birth anniversary celebrations to highlight Vivekananda’s stand against sectarianism, bigotry and fanaticism in his celebrated address at the Parliament of Religions in Chicago on September 11, 1893.

“His truly great message for us, which is of great relevance to our country and our subcontinent, was that true religion and true religiosity cannot be the basis of hatred and division, but of mutual respect and tolerance for faiths and beliefs of all,” Dr. Singh said.

Urging fellow Indians to take a leaf out of Swami Vivekananda’s life, the Prime Minister stressed the need to learn from the world and be open to new ideas, opportunities and challenges. Earlier, Ms. Gandhi spelt out one such challenge.

She said India had a young population in comparison with other countries, and the aspirations of the youth had to be met urgently. The function marked the formal end of the year-long celebration organised by the Centre to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of a man regarded by some as India’s first cultural brand ambassador.

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Religion preaches the theory of equality and acceptance. Love thy neighbor as thyself. Swami Vivekananda attempted to make us realize it for the whole of his life. We all pronounce to have learnt our religion the best but when it comes to practice, we all are zero at it. There will be no better homage to him than to regard his ideals.

from:  Bharati Keshari
Posted on: Jan 12, 2014 at 20:32 IST


Hatred stirs up conflicts and divides people.
All religion should stress & educate the importance of tolerance &
love for others faith. Faith Should be only personal.
Faith should not be a focus for any political reasons.

from:  Navin
Posted on: Jan 12, 2014 at 19:12 IST

Religion is distinct from spirituality. Religion is limited in its appeal and segregates
people into religious blocks. Spirituality focuses on the spirit as the common final
denominator of our existence.
Vivekananda proved that Hinduism is not a religion but Santhana Dharma and a way
of living spiritually. A hindu worships, plants, animals, hills, mountains, rivers and
seas, for spirit is the essence of all.

from:  RKRAO Cambridge
Posted on: Jan 12, 2014 at 17:51 IST

The true religion is to be honest to onself.

from:  sachin bhat
Posted on: Jan 12, 2014 at 17:51 IST

The fanatic religion has been there for time immoral. It has again come into the
forefront. Instead of curbing the same Politicians are fermenting it.

from:  R.Subramonian
Posted on: Jan 12, 2014 at 17:04 IST

Every religion is for mercy and love. People are not following true
religion when above elements are missing from their everyday practice.

from:  MUBARAK PATEL
Posted on: Jan 12, 2014 at 16:18 IST

True religion is there but there are very few true people to follow it.

from:  kvenkataramam
Posted on: Jan 12, 2014 at 15:33 IST
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