New Delhi: Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that while most people on Monday associate 9/11 with the terror attacks of 2001 in New York, the “9/11 of 1893 was about a message of love and brotherhood”.
The PM was referring to the famous speech made by Vivekananda in Chicago in 1893 at the Parliament of World Religions, the 125th anniversary of which is being celebrated this year. The PM was addressing a convention of students in New Delhi on Monday, which was also 9/11.
“Today is 9/11…this day became widely spoken about after 2001 but there was another 9/11 of 1893 which we remember…he 9/11 of 1893 was about love, harmony and brotherhood,” said PM Modi.
He said Vivekananda’s ideals can be a guide for all, especially the young, even in today’s day and age.
“Vivekananda did not believe in sermonising…Vivekananda said that only rituals will not connect an individual to divinity…he said ‘Jan Seva is Prabhu Seva’ (“To serve humanity is to serve god”),”said the PM.
He said Vivekananda “gave a new identity” to India and he did this “without shieing away from criticising its ills”. Modi connected this to the ‘Clean India Initiative’ and said that love for one’s country should be translated to action through work for this campaign.
“I want to specially mention all those people who are working tirelessly to keep India clean. I’ve said this before and I will say it again. ‘Pehle shauchalya, phir devalaya’ (First toilets, then temples),’said Modi.
He said all students, especially university students should pitch in to take the ‘Clean India Initiative’ forward.
“Student organisations, while campaigning for university elections should give more importance to cleanliness,” said the PM.