Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday unveiled a statue of Swami Vivekananda at the JNU campus via video conferencing.
“When we were oppressed during colonialism, Swami Vivekananda went to Michigan University in the earlier part of the last century & had said that even though this century is yours, next century will belong to India. It is our responsibility to realise this statement vision,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said during the event.
He also said he hopes that the statue instils courage and compassion that Swami Vivekananda wanted to see in everyone
The event was also attended by Union Minister for Education Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and JNU vice-chancellor Jagadesh Kumar.
Earlier today, talking to media ahead of the unveiling, JNU vice-chancellor Jagadesh Kumar said that the JNU fraternity is “very happy that Swami Vivekananda’s statue will be inaugurated today by our PM”.
However, the invitation to Modi, even virtual, has miffed the JNUSU which is all set to protest on campus. They believe the Modi government “openly supported” violence on campuses and is attacking universities with the National Education Policy which will result in fund cuts and privatisation of education.