Teachings of Swami Vivekananda more relevant today : HP Minister

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Yudhvir Sethi, while terming the Swami Vivekananda as maker of modern India, said that in order to inspire youths of country towards philosophy of Swami Vivekananda, his birthday is commemorated as National Youth Day.

Earlier in the day, Modi also addressed Gautam Buddha University in Greater Noida on the occasion of the inaugural programme of the 22nd National Youth Festival.

Citing Vivekananda's quote, "An atheist is not someone who does not believe in God but is one who does not believe in himself", the spiritual teacher said that if someone does not believe in himself/herself, the person is (like) an atheist adding that people can not do much if there is no self belief. He made a statement that his government wants to promote the nation's youth as innovators and transform them job creators. "May his life be an example for the youth of India to always work for the betterment of the country".

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"We were born after 1947..."

Later the youths and workers also took part in the blood donation camp organised in the hospital campus wherein Arunachal Vivekanada Yuva Shakti (AVYS) Chairman Ramesh Jike also attended.

"We have to create the India that our freedom fighters dreamt of", he added. The Festival will commence on the occasion of birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, the youth icon of India.

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Vivekananda, born as Narendranath Datta, was an Indian Hindu monk.

Mitrananda, who was also the special guest at the function underscored in his lecture the vitality of the youth and the importance given to them by Swami Vivekananda.

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