Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday virtually unveiled the statue of Swami Vivekananda at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus. PM Modi sharing his experience with JNU students said that one does not need to sacrifice his or her ideology to fight for national good.
PM Modi, sharing his experience of Emergency, said: “When people joined Mahatma Gandhi, they didn’t leave their ideologies. I have seen Emergency days. There were so many people from various political beliefs — from Congress, from RSS. But we were all united by a common cause of national interest.”
The prime minister, however, clarified that placing individual ideologies before national good is wrong. He said: “Do not accept status quo. Swami Vivekananda never accepted status quo. Do not forget to laugh. I often see young people so serious as if the burden of the entire world is on them.”
PM Modi spoke on politics and reforms
The PM’s speech also covered politics and reforms brought by the BJP government. PM Modi said there was a time when good reforms were considered to be bad politics. Urging JNU students to debate on this, the PM asked, “How did good reforms become good politics? You at JNU must deliberate on this.”
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi elaborated on the reforms taken by his government, he said the new National Education Policy (NEP) is based on inclusion which will help students to get admission at universities like JNU.
“All our reforms are aimed at development. For years, farmers remained a topic of political discussion. But we gave them security and then started reforms,” PM Modi said.
PM Modi also slammed the previous governments for dissociating the poor from the system. He said, “Now they have house, toilet, electricity, paid internet connection like others.”
Matter of immense pride that a Swami Vivekananda statue is being unveiled in JNU. https://t.co/OvXTVpPWMe
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 12, 2020
In 2015, the JNU administration had given its consent for the construction of Swami Vivekanada’s statue on the campus. A proposal in this regard was sent to the JNU administration by one Vipul Patel, who lives in the US. Patel also sent a similar proposal to the Gujarat government, which after accepting it, is currently working on a statue of the Ramakrishna Mission founder.
It took renowned sculptor Naresh Kumawat seven months to complete this statue of Swami Vivekananda on the JNU campus. Located about 300 metres from a statue of India’s first prime minister, the statue of Swami Vivekananda is about three feet taller than that of Jawaharlal Nehru.
Protest by students’ union
The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) had called for a protest gathering at the north gate of the campus from 5 pm onwards. While issuing the call for the protest gathering, JNUSU said their aim is to raise their voice against “anti-education and anti-student Modi government”.
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