Hyderabad: Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development K T Rama Rao on Thursday urged youngsters in the State not to get bogged down by negativity and despair.
On the 155th birthday celebrations of Swami Vivekananda at the Ramakrishna Math, celebrated across India as National Youth Day, the Minister felt that Vivekananda’s teachings are ideal to guide today’s youth to take the right path for the country.
“I urge you not to be afraid of death, which is inevitable but be afraid of an unlived life. Set a goal for yourself and work towards it. There is a constant battle between hope and despair within us and young people should never get bogged down by despair,” Mr. Rama Rao said, while addressing youngsters in the packed auditorium of the Math.
The Minister said that the country as a whole was on the cusp of breaking into the big league in the world.
“Youth in India today are daring to dream big. They are not satisfied with the tag of mediocrity and want to achieve more. Close to 50 per cent of our population is just below 29 years and the huge population that India is not more seen as a hindrance to economy. We are a nation that is getting younger and we should make full use of it,” said Mr. Rama Rao.
Ramakrishna Math president Swami Jnanadananda said that the values of Vivekananda were vital in this day and age.
“Vivekananda was a personification of values like truthfulness, compassion, self-confidence and fearlessness. These values are very important for today’s youth, who are the backbone of our country and have to play a crucial role in the country’s development,” he said.
Director of Vivekananda Institute of Human Excellence (VIHE), Swami Bodhamayananda said Swami Vivekananda was the first thinker who introduced ‘Indian culture’ to the West.
“He was the first to talk about India and its culture when everybody knew our country as a colony of the British,” he said.
Several personalities from various walks of life attended the event.