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Highlights: ‘It is our responsibility to realise Swami Vivekananda’s vision for India,’ says PM Modi at JNU event

At the event, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also said he hopes that the statue instils courage and compassion that Swami Vivekananda wanted to see in everyone.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 12, 2020 10:03:12 pm
Prime Minister Narendra unveiled the statue of Swami Vivekananda at JNU (File)

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.

Read | What you need to know about the Vivekananda statue that Modi is unveiling at JNU today

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PM Modi unveils Swami Vivekananda's statue in JNU. See Highlights.

19:20 (IST)12 Nov 2020
Swami ji wanted education system in India should provide self-confidence to individuals: PM Modi 

Talking about India's new National Education Policy, Prime Minister Narendra said: " Swami Vivekananda wanted that education in the country should be such that it provides self-confidence to individuals and makes them Aatmanirbhar in every way. New National Education Policy is on the same line and has inclusion at its core."

19:14 (IST)12 Nov 2020
Our youth represents our country's culture and traditions around the world today: PM Modi

"India's youth is the 'brand ambassador' of 'brand India' today globally. Our youth is representative of our country's culture and traditions around the world," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the event. 

19:05 (IST)12 Nov 2020
It is our responsibility to realise Swami Vivekananda's vision for India: PM Modi

"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.




19:01 (IST)12 Nov 2020
Our coutry is moving ahead with the resolve of self-reliance: PM Modi

"Our country is moving ahead with the resolve of self-reliance. It is now part of the collective consciousness of 130 crore Indians," PM Modi said after unveiling the statue of Swami Vivekananda at the JNU campus.


18:57 (IST)12 Nov 2020
I wish this statue of Swami Vivekananda inspires and fills everyone with energy: PM Modi
18:56 (IST)12 Nov 2020
Hope this statue teaches us intense love for our country: PM Modi

Unveiling the statue of Swami Vivekananda at the JNU campus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: 'I hope this statue teaches us intense love for our country. I hope it inspire our country to move ahead with a vision of youth-led-development'

18:48 (IST)12 Nov 2020
PM Modi unveils statue of Swami Vivekananda

Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveils statue of Swami Vivekananda at the JNU campus

18:36 (IST)12 Nov 2020
LIVE: PM Modi to unveil statue of Swami Vivekananda at JNU statue

Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveils a statue of Swami Vivekananda at the JNU campus, via video conferencing. JNU VC Jagadesh Kumar, Dr Ramesh Pokriyal Nishank, Minister of Education also present.


18:14 (IST)12 Nov 2020
Here's what you need to know about Vivekananda's statue

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually unveils a life-sized statue of Swami Vivekananda in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus Thursday evening, we look back at its history and the reasons behind its installation.

*It was on June 30, 2017, that JNU’s Executive Council (EC) first gave approval for the statue. The administration said it was installing the statue to give the campus a more “pleasing look” as Vivekananda had contributed to “nation-building”.

*Once the news was put out in the public domain, all through the remaining part of 2017 and the whole 2018, the administration remained mum on who was funding the statue and how much it would cost. More details on the height of the statue or where exactly it would be constructed was also not revealed.

*In November 2019, the JNU administration filed a police complaint saying the statue, which had been kept covered by a saffron veil, had allegedly been defaced and messages were written “particularly directed towards a political party and a group of people donning saffron-coloured clothes”. Click here to read more.






18:12 (IST)12 Nov 2020
JNUSU pens open letter to PM Modi

The invitation to PM 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.

18:08 (IST)12 Nov 2020
Visuals from JNU

Visuals from JNU

(Source: ANI)
 
17:55 (IST)12 Nov 2020
JNU fraternity is very happy: JNU VC Jagadesh Kumar

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”.

“I’m very confident that teachings of Swami Vivekananda will be followed by JNU and the university will remain an active partner in transforming our country into Atmanirbhar Bharat,” Kumar was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

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17:53 (IST)12 Nov 2020
PM Modi to unveil statue of Swami Vivekananda at JNU campus shortly

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday will be unveiling a statue of Swami Vivekananda at the JNU campus via video conferencing at 6:30 pm.

Earlier, the JNU VC in a statement said that Swami Vivekananda is one of the most beloved intellectuals and spiritual leaders India produced.

"He (Swami Vivekananda) enthused the youth with his message of freedom, development, harmony and peace in India. He inspired citizens to take pride in Indian civilisation, culture and its industrious spirit,” the JNU vice-chancellor said in his statement.

"In his speeches and writing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi often invokes Swami Vivekananda's life and mission and reminds the youth of the country to follow the ideals of this great son of India. JNU is grateful that on this occasion the Prime Minister has kindly consented to address the JNU community and, through it, the wider world," he added.

The event will be live-streamed on Facebook.

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