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Nation celebrates National Youth Day and pays homage to Swami Vivekananda
India celebrated National Youth Day and paid homage to Swami Vivekananda on his birth anniversary on January 12. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his released message said, "I bow to Swami Vivekananda on his Jayanti. Today, on National Youth Day I salute the indomitable energy and enthusiasm of our youngsters, who are the builders of New India."

In the afternoon, Modi addressed a youth programme to mark National Youth Day and Sarva Dharma Sabha at Belagavi, Karnataka, via video conference a programme. According to him, Swami Vivekananda had emphasised on brotherhood and believed that our wellbeing lies in the development of India. He congratulated all those who had won the National Youth Awards. Further, he urged the youth to innovate, make sports a part of their lives and try to become job creators.

In various cities, the schools, colleges, youth groups, social groups held processions, cleanliness campaigns, social work, speeches, recitations, music, seminars, Yoga demonstration, blood donation events, recitations and sports on 12 January every year.

National Youth Day is celebrated in India on 12 January since 1985 to emphasize the philosophy and ideals of Swamiji as source of inspiration to the Indian Youth.

Some of his inspiring quotes are as follows.

·         Arise, awake and do not stop until the goal is reached.

·         Experience is the only teacher we have. We may talk and reason all our lives, but we shall not understand a word of truth.

·         Learn everything that is good from others, but bring it in, and in your own way adsorb it; do not become others

·         Take up one idea; make that one idea your life. Think of it, dream of it, Live on that idea let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success

·         We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.

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