Jnanpith award winner O.N.V. Kurup has said that “a third time come back of Swami Vivekananda is the need of the hour in the country which is facing degradation in all walks of life.”
Inaugurating the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Swami Vivekananda here on Saturday, O.N.V. Kurup said that “Swami Vivekananda’s return to India after his Chicago address was a second come back. With his brief speech at the Parliament of Religions in Chicago on September 1, 1893, he took the world by storm. His philosophy and thinking were well accepted in India and the world over. A similar third come back of Swami Vivekananda is required to take the country to the path of religious tolerance, humanity and love for each other,” Mr. Kurup said.
In his Chicago speech, he had spoken about a ‘spiritual democracy’ in which every one had the access to knowledge irrespective of religion and caste. But no historian had written about this great philosophy of ‘spiritual democracy’ spoken by Swami Vivekananda, Mr. Kurup said.
Writer C. Radhakrishnan delivered the keynote address at the function.
The former Information Commissioner Palat Mohandas presided.