Universal Brotherhood Day was celebrated by the local branch of Vivekananda Kendra Kanyakumari to commemorate the historical speech delivered by Swami Vivekananda at the World Religious Conference on September 11, 1893.
The event was organised at the auditorium of Tanda medical college. Prof KC Agnihotri, Vice-Chancellor, CUHP, was the chief guest on the occasion. He said the teachings of Swami Vivekananda was more relevant today than when Vivekananda addressed the World Religious Conference in Chicago and gave a call for “Universal Brotherhood”. He said the youth should make Swami Vivekananda their icon to lead an ideal life. He stressed on the youth to follow Vivekananda’s teachings which would keep them close to their cultural roots.
Major General (Retd) Vishwenter Tandon , guest of honour, also stressed on the youth to be close to Vivekananda’s teachings and shared his experiences with them. Ashok Kumar of Vivekananda Kendra stressed that one should follow the path of righteousness shown by Vivekananda to live a better life. He stressed on the need of self-transformation to make India prosperous. Swami Vishard Chaitanya Achrya presided over the function.
Earlier, a marathon organised by the Vivekananda Kendra was attended by a large number of people from all sections of society. It was flagged off by Dharmesh Kumar Ramotra and Visharad Chaitanya from Tehsil Chowk of the town and concluded at the DRPGMC, Tanda.
In the boys category, Arun Choudhary, Rishu Kumar and Aney Kumar, all from Dhronacharya PG College, Rait, secured the first second and third prize in the marathon.In the girls section, Rekha from DAV College, Tamana, Dronacharya College andSeena Devi from the Saran College of Education, came first second and third, respectively.In the senior age group, Dr Sunil, Hem Singh of Polytechnic, Kangra, and Sheshi Kumar Dogra from the SDM office, Kangra, secured first, second and third place,respectively. The winners were given prizes and a certificate.
Dr Sanjay Sachdeva, ENT specialist, was honoured for his selfless service to the deaf and dumb children in the state. Charan Singh Thapa, a 94-year-old freedom fighter and associate of Neta Ji Subhash Chander Bose, was also honoured. His granddaughter Ritika Gurung received the prize on his behalf. As many as 1,000 T-shirts were distributed free carrying Vivekananda’s message, among the participants.