Atmanirbhar Bharat North East Calling
Yuva Bharati|October 2020
(Extract of the online speech delivered by Mananeeya Nivedita Didi on 11th September 2020, on the occasion of Universal Brotherhood Day
Nivedita Raghunath Bhide

Respected Shri Ajit Doval ji, Respected Shri Gurumurthy Ji, Shri Bhanudas ji and all the Respected dear sisters and brothers who are participating in this webinar Atmanirbhar Bharat and North East Calling, my namaskar to you all. Vivekananda Kendra Mumbai has been organising North East Calling program since 2016. The aim of the program is to know about the potentialities of North East, focus on North East and also to garner support from the people for the activities of Vivekananda Kendra in North East. But as we all know because of covid-19 this year the actual program in Mumbai was not possible. But this is also a special year for all of us. You know Vivekananda Rock Memorial completes 50 years.

A monument completing 50 years. Is it an occasion to celebrate? This monument is not an ordinary monument. First, it is a National monument. 323 MPs gave their signatures for permission to the memorial. India's 1% of adult population i.e. 30 lac people contributed giving Rs.1/-, Rs.2/- and donation of Rs. 85 lacs was contributed. And all the State Government, whichever party it be, and the central government gave the grant for the memorial. Rupees 1 lac was given by each State Government and 15 lacs by Central Government. There is hardly any such memorial in our country for which has been supported by the whole nation. But this is not its only specialty.

Second very interesting thing about Rock Memorial is that it is the first truly constructed monument by the nation after centuries of invasions our country. There are monuments and there were temples which got reconstructed but such a grand Memorial newly constructed by the whole society is the first one in our country. That is the beginning of a national renaissance. Vivekananda Rock memorial is the living memorial of national revival. Now this Vivekananda Rock memorial is completed but then it has another feature. Generally, an organization creates a memorial; here this memorial has given birth to the organization. And that's why Vivekananda Kendra spiritually oriented Service mission started after Vivekananda Rock Memorial.

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