On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to Swami Vivekananda. On this occasion, he said that it is from the cyclonic monk of India that the country should draw inspiration of a "strong, vibrant and inclusive" India.

Remembering the powerful words and the rich thoughts of the venerable Swami Vivekananda on his Jayanti, he quoted Swami saying, "Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached”. He emphasised on the ideals of service and renunciation", Prime Minister tweeted.

In another missive, Mr Modi wrote, "His belief in Yuva Shakti was unwavering..The thoughts and ideals of Swami Vivekananda inspire and energise crores of Indians, particularly our youth."

"It is from him that we draw the motivation of building an India that is strong, vibrant, inclusive and an India that takes global leadership in several areas", he wrote.

Vivekananda was born on January 12, 1863 as Narendranath Datta. He was born as an Indian Hindu monk, a chief disciple of the 19th-century mystic guru Ramakrishna. He was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world and is credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion during the late 19th century.
 

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