On the eve of the 150{+t}{+h}birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said here on Friday that she had drawn inspiration from his writings during the difficult times in her political career.

“In the course of the several movements that I led, there would be moments of doubt. There were some who were critical of me and even I wondered that there were so many people who had pinned their hopes on me. What if I were to fail them? I would read books written by Swami Vivekananda to gather my strength,” said Ms. Banerjee at a function organised at the house in the city where Swami Vivekananda spent his childhood.

Ms. Banerjee also felt that echoes of his life were reflected in hers because she often found that she did not get the support from people here until recognition came from elsewhere, just as Swami Vivekananda was not recognised in the country until recognition came from the West.

 The function had been organised to formally hand over the property adjacent to Swami Vivekananda’s house to the Ramakrishna Mission. The property was acquired by the State Government after it learnt that a large construction was planned at the site which would obscure the view of the heritage building.

“Why will such big buildings be built? Only to make money? But money cannot be the only consideration. I believe that money power is not everything. I believe in man power,” Ms. Banerjee said.  She said that in a similar situation when the present owner of the house, where Swami Vivekananda’s principal disciple, Sister Nivedita, once lived, refused to part with the property “despite being offered Rs. 1 crore,” the State Government intervened and acquired the property.

 “The due process of law has to be followed in such situations and most of the paper work has been done. We shall be able to hand over the house in which Sister Nivedita lived soon,” she said.