President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated a seminar organised by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) on the occasion of 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Thursday.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said the universality of Swami Vivekananda’s teachings holds great relevance in the modern world. Despite progress made by us, our society is confronted with issues challenging our ethics and morality. Swamiji’s teachings should be our guiding light in our path to the future.
“Swamiji did not prescribe any abrupt change in society. He believed that socio-economic change can be brought about through education. He felt that people should be exposed to two kinds of education – secular education comprising knowledge about new techniques in agriculture and village industries that would help them to emancipate economically, and spiritual education to revive their sense of self-belief and worth and to give them hope for a better future,” Mr. Mukherjee said.
Mr. Mukherjee expressed hope that Swamiji’s 150th Birth Anniversary would be an occasion to awaken our minds to the great contributions and sacrifices made by him towards the welfare, progress and enlightenment of mankind.
He also called on all participants to rededicate themselves to the causes for which Swamiji devoted his entire life.