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‘Event planned in Chicago to mark Vivekananda's birth anniversary'

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Enlightened soul: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with general secretary of Ramakrishna Math, Swami Prabhanandaji Maharaj (second left), and secretary of Ramakrishna Mission, Swami Shantatmananda (right), at a function to launch the 150th Swami Vivekananda birth anniversary celebrations in the Capital . - Photo: Shanker Chakravarty
Enlightened soul: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with general secretary of Ramakrishna Math, Swami Prabhanandaji Maharaj (second left), and secretary of Ramakrishna Mission, Swami Shantatmananda (right), at a function to launch the 150th Swami Vivekananda birth anniversary celebrations in the Capital . - Photo: Shanker Chakravarty

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said a commemorative event to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda is being planned to be held in Chicago where the 19th century philosopher had earned accolades for his discourse on Hinduism at the Congress of World Religions in 1893.

Announcing this at the inauguration here of four-year celebrations to be held across the country to mark Vivekananda's 150th birth anniversary, the Prime Minister listed out the activities planned to popularise the philosopher's teachings during the celebrations.

Views on education

“Swami Vivekananda had very definite and enlightened views on education. He conceived of education as the primary means of rebuilding Indian society,” Dr. Singh said.

“We are working on a suitable commemorative event in Chicago,” he said.

The Government of India has already approved a film on Swami Vivekananda by the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, he said. It has also set up a National Committee under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister to guide the conduct of the commemorative events. The committee has chalked out programmes including publication of his complete works, international conferences and seminars on his teachings, establishing chairs in universities, annual lectures and encouraging research in inter-faith dialogue. - PTI


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