Yesterday, ABVP celebrated Swami Vivekananda’s 157th birth anniversary as the National Youth Day. The activity calendar encompassed discussion cum study circles, orations, and wreath laying ceremony in remembrance of the great saint at various locales including DU’s Faculty of Arts, Mukherjee Nagar, and Kalkaji.
In the forthcoming week, ABVP will be organising various symposiums as well as recreational social functions like painting competitions and art exhibitions, highlighting the intriguing facets of Swamiji’s life and works.
In his prefatory remarks on “CAA : FACTS v FICTION” being held at Mukherjee Nagar, Shri Prafulla Akant, National Joint Organising Secretary, ABVP, said, “Students, today, must brave the rough-hewn road to success. They must be wary of the political opportunists intending to waylay unsuspecting students and retard their career progression by exploiting them for their partisan political ends. The students must avoid palavers and judiciously engage in debates on consequential issues to achieve a meaningful denouement.”
In an earnest tribute to Swami Vivekananda at Delhi University’s Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, Shri Sriniwas, National Joint Organising Secretary, ABVP, said, “There is an impending need for a contemporary construction of Swamiji’s thoughts. He was an ingenious thinker with a unique appraisal of India’s intractable problems and devoted a sustained effort towards discovering native solutions for the same. His exceptional ideas that form the bedrock of modern India, still continue to inspire millions to choose the path of selfless service towards the nation.”
In his address to fellow students at Delhi University’s Faculty of Arts, Sidharth Yadav, Secretary, ABVP, Delhi, said, “Swamiji’s endeavours and his missionary zeal to foreground the veritable truth about India’s unique history and culture served to raise India’s stature in the eyes of the world. He was one of the few original thinkers of modern India whose ideas will continue to provide thought-leadeship to posterity.”
In a wreath laying ceremony held at JNU, Durgesh Kumar, President, ABVP-JNU, said, “It is imperative to keep alive the right to dissent in campuses across the country. In today’s polarised atmosphere, one that has split the student community into half, it is equally important to pursue dialogue and deliberation for solving contentious issues. Our temples of learning must not become havens for partisan political adventures. JNU needs to embrace Swamiji’s ideas for the root and branch eradication of centrifugal forces from our beloved campus.”