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RSS demands withdrawal of govt calendar in Kerala

Posted on Dec 19, 07:02AM | UNI

RSS ideologue P Parameswaran today demanded the withdrawal of the official calendar of Kerala Government for the year 2013, alleging that it insulted the youth icon, Swami Vivekananda, by not including his birthday in the calender.

Addressing a public programme here, Parameswaran, who is also the Director of Vivekananda Kendram, alleged there was no mention of January 12, the birthday of Swami Vivekananda, which is also celebrated as National Youth Day in the country.

Now, the UPA Government had sanctioned Rs 100 crore for the celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda on January 12, 2013, at the national level.

The willful action by a certain section in the state government showed disrespect towards the Centre's policy, he alleged.

Demanding the immediate withdrawal of the calendar, he said this was the second time that the Kerala Government has ignored the great saint of the country, who inspired the Indian youths and most of the leading figures of Indian freedom struggle to accelerate the movement.

His famous quote 'Awake, arise, stop not till the goal is reached' strengthened the inner spirit of Indian youths to sacrifice everything for the Nation and success of the movement.

Prominent leaders who were influenced by the speeches and writings of Swami Vivekananda are Subhash Chandra Bose, Chakravarti Rajagopalachari, Mahatma Gandhi, Aurobindo Ghose and Bagha Jatin.

He also alleged that Swami Vivekananda was insulted by the Kerala Government last year also as the Government advertisements released in all the newspapers in the state in connection with the National Youth Day did not mention the name of Swami Vivekananda, on whose name the Day is observed.

Alleging that the advertisements published by the State Public Relation Department were full of photographs of politicians, he felt that the Government act was highly objectionable and disrespectful to the great saint.

Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had declared the Saint's birthday as the National Youth Day for the first time in 1984, understanding the importance of Swami Vivekananda's contribution to the national awakening.