New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today had a message for all those who consider chanting Vande Mataram a proof of their love for the country.
Addressing a students’ convention in Delhi to mark the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s Chicago address at the World’s Parliament of Religion in 1893, PM Modi said civic workers, who keep the country clean, have the foremost right to chant Vande Mataram.
“When I arrived here, everyone was chanting Vande Mataram, I am asking the entire nation, if we have the right to say Vande Mataram?” PM Modi questioned.
“50 baar soch lijiye, kya humein Vande Mataram kehne ke haq hai? Paan kha kar Bharat maa par pichkaari marein aur fir Vande Mataram bolein? (We eat paan and then spit and say Vande Mataram. You we have the right to say Vande Mataram?) ,” he added.
“People who work tirelessly have the first right to chant Vande Mataram,” PM Modi said.
HERE’S WHAT PM MODI SAID:
1. Today is 9/11, this day became widely spoken about after 2001 but there was another 9/11 of 1893 which we remember.
2. Just with a few words, a youngster from India won over the world and showed the world the power of oneness.
3. Swami Vivekananda raised his voice against the social evils that has entered our society.
4. The 9/11 of 1893 was about love, harmony and brotherhood.
5. Swami Vivekananda said that only rituals will not connect an individual to divinity, he said ‘Jan Seva is Prabhu Seva’.
6. More than being in search of a Guru, Swami Vivekananda was in search of the truth.
7. Swami Vivekananda did not believe in sermonising. His ideas and idealism paved way for an institutional framework via Ramakrishna Mission.
8. I am asking the entire nation, if we have the right to say Vande Mataram? I want to specially mention all those people who are working tirelessly to keep India clean.
9. Only those who clean the nation have the right to sing Vande Mataram.
10. The correspondence between Swami Vivekananda and Jamsetji Tata will show the concern Swami Ji had towards India’s self-reliance.
11. We celebrate many days in our colleges, unversities like Rose Day. Some people oppose it, but I don’t. We don’t want to produce robots, we want to produce human beings.