On the 155th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, celebrated as ‘National Youth Day’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the country’s youth to become innovators and create jobs.
Addressing the 22nd National Ceremony of National Youth Festival 2018 at the Gautam Buddha University, Greater Noida via video conferencing, Modi said called upon the youth to create an India that the nation’s freedom fighters “dreamt of”.
“I have full faith on the youth of the nation. People say today’s youth doesn’t have patience. This can be a catalyst behind their innovations,” Modi said.
“They should keep trying to innovative things at a fast pace. Country’s youth should be job creators and innovators,” he added.
Modi further said that the youth should work hard to fulfil the dreams of India’s freedom fighters.
“We were born after 1947… We did not have the honour to take part in the freedom struggle. But, we have the opportunity to fulfil the dreams of the great men and women who devoted their lives for our freedom,” he said.
“We have to create the India that our freedom fighters dreamt of,” he added.
Swami Vivekananda was born on January 12, 1863, in an aristocratic family in Bengal.
His original name was Narendra Nath Datta.
He was the chief disciple of the 19th-century saint Ramakrishna and a key figure in introducing the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world.
In 1984, the government had decided to observe the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand as the National Youth Day.