Vivekanada Shila Smarak- Ek Bharat Vijayi Bharat, Governor hails the teachings of Swami Vivekananda.
A group of members of Vivekananda Kendra called on the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Brig. (Dr.) B.D. Mishra (Retd.) on 18th September 2019 at Raj Bhavan, Itanagar on the occasion of 50th year of the dedication of mid-sea Vivekanada Rock Memorial in Kanyakumari to the nation.
To mark the occasion nationwide contact programme ‘Vivekanada Shila Smarak- Ek Bharat Vijayi Bharat’ has been launched on 2nd Sept 2019 with first Sampark with President of India Ram Nath Kovind ji and later with Vice President Venkaiah Naiduji and Prime Minister Narendra Modiji.
The team was led by Dr. Joram Begi, Prant Sanchalak Vivekananda Kendra Arunachal Prant, Dr. Tejum Padu, Prant Pramukh, Rupesh Mathur, Prant Sangathak, Taba Tatup, Prant Vyavastha Pramukh, P.G Dodum, Prant Sampark Pramukh and others.
Governor hailed the teachings of the Great patriot saint Swami Vivekananda and asked the group members to spread his teachings throughout the state. The Governor exhorted the Kendra to spread Swami Vivekananda’s message of National integration and unity to each and every school to motivate the younger generation to inculcate Swami Vivekananda’s values of life.
Citing the examples of Sankaracharya and Swami Vivekananda, he said one’s life, even though short must be fruitful and meaningful for the society and the nation. He said that he himself was inspired by the working pattern of Manneeya Ekhnathji Ranade.
He also congratulated the Vivekananda Kendra on completion of 50 years of the Rock Memorial and its good impact on visitors. He emphasised on the continuing relevance of Swami Vivekananda’s teachings in the present day scenario and wanted concerted efforts to strengthen the education system of the state through the V.K.Vs.
Dr. Joram Begi highlighted the history of the construction of the Vivekananda Rock memorial and the obstacles involved in the construction process by Manneeya Eknathji Ranade. The uniqueness of the memorial were recalled during the meeting, viz firstly, it is the only memorial in our country for which 323 Members of Parliament, cutting across political lines had appealed for its construction in 1963.
Secondly, 30 Lakhs of citizen i.e. 1% adult population then of India contributed Rs. 85 Lakhs through 1 Rupee donation coupons. Thirdly, during its construction period (1964-70) almost all state Governments, irrespective of the party in power, contributed Rs One Lakh each for the Memorial. He also elucidated the works of Vivekananda Kendra, a spiritually oriented service mission, which started in 1972. Vivekananda Kendra has 1005 Service activities all over India.
In Aruanchal Vivekananda Kendra has its activities through 42 V.K.V Schools, Arun Jyoti Projects, 41 Anandalayas for school supportive activities, 63 Balwadis for pre-primary schools, one B.Ed College, 3 Vocational training centres in Border areas, 2 KGBVs, Vivekananda Kendra Institute of culture for documentation, preservation and promotion of Culture and tradition, V K Centre for Human Excellence, 20 Branch Centres of Vivekanada Kendra, Personality development in youths through Vijay Hi Vijay Camps, VKV Alumni Associations.