9/11 First Became Famous After Swami Vivekananda's Historic Speech: PM Modi

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| September 11 , 2017 , 12:36 IST

On the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the historic speech given by Swami Vivekananda in Chicago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the youth of the nation, hailing the contributions and words of Swami Vivekananda which have gone a long way in shaping the India of today.

The date 9/11 became synonymous with the horrific terror attacks that struck the US in 2001, but before the attacks that hit the world trade towers in the US in 2001, the date September 11 was famous in India for being the date of Swami Vivekananda's speech in Chicago.  

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"Today is 9/11...this day became widely spoken about after 2001 but there was another 9/11 of 1893 which we remember, made famous by a young man from this nation, wearing saffron robes entered Chicago," said PM Modi.

"People knew no other salutation other than 'ladies and gentlemen'. The power of India was introduced to the whole world when Vivekananda began his address with 'Brothers and sisters," said PM Modi.

"Americans forgot about the first 9/11 in 1893, which is why the second 9/11 took place," the PM added.

"Swami Vivekananda raised his voice against the social evils that has entered our society More than being in search of a Guru, Swami Vivekananda was in search of the truth. Wherever he got an opportunity to speak across the world, he would never be tired of showcasing India's culture, talents and qualities. He would also never refrain from criticising the shortcomings of the nation," PM Modi said.

"Swami Vivekananda did not believe in sermonising. His ideas & idealism paved way for an institutional framework via Ramakrishna Mission," said the PM.

"Swami Vivekananda was all for innovation, for new discoveries. He would never refrain from deconstructing something to make way for new ideas. He wanted our youth to be job-givers and not just job-seekers," he continued.

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"Swami Vivekananda had given the concept of 'One Asia.' He said that the solutions to the world's problems will come from Asia," said PM Modi.

"After Rabindranath Tagore was given the Nobel Prize for Literature and Swami Vivekananda was known across the world for his Chicago speech, India gained a significant place in the world map. It is a matter of pride that both these individuals hail from Bengal. We salute Bengalis contribution to the world," said the PM.

Prime Minister Modi spoke while addressing a live telecast of students from 40,000 higher education institutes across the nation who had been asked by the University Grants Council (UGC) to live stream the event. The theme of the event was “Young lndia, New lndia - A Resurgent Nation: from Sankalp to Sidhhi”.