Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Sunday, virtually addressed the 125th anniversary celebrations of ‘Prabuddha Bharata,’ a monthly journal of Ramakrishna order, started by Swami Vivekananda.
“It is a matter of joy that we are celebrating the 125th anniversary of ‘Prabuddha Bharat.’ This is no ordinary journal, it was started by none other than Swami Vivekananda back in 1896, that too, at the young age of 33. It is among the longest running English journals of the country,” PM Modi said.
“There is a very powerful thought behind the name ‘Prabuddha Bharat.’ Swami Vivekananda named this journal ‘Prabuddha Bharat’ to manifest the spirit of our nation. He wanted to create an awakened India. Those, who understand Bharat are aware that it is beyond just a political or territorial entity. Swami Vivekananda expressed this very boldly and proudly.”
“He saw India as a cultural consciousness that has been living and breathing for centuries, an India that only emerges stronger after every challenge despite contrary predictions. He wanted to make India ‘Prabuddha’ or ‘awakened,” PM Modi added.
“Swami Vivekananda said that the remedy of weakness was not brooding over it, but thinking of strength. When we are thinking of obstacles we get buried in them, but when we think in terms of opportunities, we get the way to move forward.”
“Take the COVID-19 global pandemic as an example, what did India do? It did not see the pandemic as a problem and remain in the same place, India focused on solutions. From producing PPE kits, to becoming a pharmacy of the world, our country had gone from strength to strength. It has become the source of support to the world,” he said.
“During the crisis, India is at the forefront of developing COVID-19 vaccines. Just a few days ago, India had launched the largest vaccination drive. We are also using this capacity to help other nations,” he added.