Manipur joins the Nation in observing National Youth Day

Written By: / Wednesday, 12 January 2022 16:56

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Imphal, Jan 12:

The National Youth Day is celebrated today across the country to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. The main aim behind this is to make sure that the students across the country can be encouraged to learn about the life, the ideas and philosophy of Swami Vivekananda and apply them in their lives.
Here in the state of Manipur the day is observed by the Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights ( MCPCR) at its Office with the Chairperson of the Commission Phurailatpam Manibabu Sharma on the chair. Members of the MCPCR L. Megharaj Sharma said that the day is observed to improve the condition of the youth of the state.
Today is the 159th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand . The theme for National Youth Day 2022 is The Theme of 2022 is “It’s all in the mind.”
It may be mentioned that the decision to celebrate Vivekananda’s birthday as National Youth Day was taken in 1984, and it was first marked on January 12, 1985. The government had then said that the philosophy of Swamiji and the ideals for which he lived and worked “could be a great source of inspiration” for the Indian youth.
Swami Vivekananda, born Narendranath Datta on January 12, 1863, was a disciple of Sri 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna Paramhansa. He went on to become a key figure in the introduction of the Indian darsanas (teachings, practices) of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world and was credited with raising interfaith awareness.
Vivekanand was highly regarded as a major force in the contemporary Hindu reform movements in India and contributed to the concept of nationalism in colonial India.
Famous for his famous speech in Parliament of World’s Religions in Chicago, 1893, he focused on channelling the energy of the youth.
As his teachings and practices had a huge influence on the youth, the Government of India in 1984 declared January 12 day as National Youth Day.
On the occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the Indian youth for their resilience and innovation especially during the hardships while inaugurating the 25th National Youth Festival today in Puducherry via video conferencing.
During his address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India considers its youth as a demographic dividend as well as a development driver.
“The world has admitted that India has two limitless power - demography & democracy. The youth of India carry democratic values along with demographic dividends. India considers its youths as development drivers,” PM Modi said during the National Youth Day programme.
The Prime Minister highlighted how Indian youths have adopted technology and during the tough phase of lockdown due to covid-19 showed their prowess as more and more startups were introduced.

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