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CM tells youth to fight climate of hatred

Kolkata: Urging the youth to remember Swami Vivekananda's message of peace and brotherhood, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday observed the great visionary's 156th birth anniversary.

"Today is the birth anniversary of the great preacher and philosopher, #SwamiVivekananda. We must always remember the message of peace and brotherhood that Swami Ji stood for," Banerjee tweeted.

"We are observing #VivekUtsav in his memory across the state."

Mentioning the importance of the day across the country, she wrote: "#SwamiVivekananda's birthday is also celebrated as #NationalYouthDay. The youth of the country should come together to dispel the climate of hatred and uncertainty and work for the greater glory of this great nation".

The Bengal government celebrated Swamiji's birth anniversary in association with the Ramakrishna Math and Mission through the three-day long Vivek Chetana Utsav from January 10-12. Vivek Chetana Utsav had been celebrated in all the 341 blocks, 117 municipalities, six Municipal Corporations of the state and all the district headquarters through processions, exhibitions, symposiums, football matches, cultural programmes and quiz competitions on the life and works of Swami Vivekananda.

Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee, state Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari, Minister of State for Women and Child Development and Social Welfare Shashi Panja visited Vivekananda's Shimla Street house to pay homage.

Vivekananda's birth anniversary was celebrated with pomp and show at Belur Math. The monks garlanded Swamiji's bust early in the morning. The students of Ramakrishna Mission presented the inaugural song and chanted Vedic hymns.

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