Students performing a classical dance at Shilparamam in Tirupati on Friday, as part of  the National Youth Day celebrations
Students performing a classical dance at Shilparamam in Tirupati on Friday, as part of the National Youth Day celebrations

Tirupati: “Swami Vivekananda will be forever a role model for youth as he inspired them greatly with his speeches. The youth can simply follow the path shown by him and enrich their knowledge.

Everyone should learn at least one quotation of Vivekananda and practice them in their life to find a sea change in their attitude,” this was the essence of the speeches by the dignitaries, who have participated in National Youth Day celebrations on the birth anniversary of Vivekananda.

The programme organised by AP Youth Services department and Nehru Yuva Kendra at Shilparamam here on Friday. Addressing the gathering, District Collector PS Pradyumna said Swami Vivekananda had inspired the youth, artistes and every citizen with his invaluable speeches laying emphasis on our culture and traditions during the British rule.

As a result, everyone bounced back with self-confidence and fought dedicatedly during the freedom struggle, he stated. Now, young generation were competing each other and forging ahead and what Vivekananda said long back was very much true in the present-day context, the Collector said and made an appeal to youth to make use of central and state government schemes meant for them.

Chittoor MP Dr N Sivaprasad, TUDA Chairman G Narasimha Yadav, Zilla Grandhalaya Samstha Chairman T Kannaiah Naidu, MLC G Sreenivasulu, MLA M Suguna, Swami Anupamananda of Ramakrishna Mutt also spoke on the occasion. SETVEN CEO S Lakshmi welcomed the gathering and presided over the function while MEPMA PD AD Jyothi also took part.

In another function organised by Ramakrishna Mutt here, Collector Pradyumna participated and said that Vivekananda was an icon and from his life and speeches one can get energy. AIR Station Assistant Director DR Nagasuri Venugopal said Vivekananda was first socialist following Indian tradition.

Mutt Secretary Swami Anupamananda observed that it was because of Swami Vivekananda the Indian tradition got wide acceptance and recognition around the world. Principal of Seven Hills College of Pharmacy Dr Niranjan Babu, Dr GS Prasad, G Sreedevi, N Satyanarayana Raju, Prof M Sundara Murthy, Prof PV Reddy and others also took part.

Earlier, the Ramakrishna Mutt organised a procession from Vivekananda Circle to Mutt. Former Assembly Speaker Dr Agarala Eswara Reddi said, Swami Vivekananda still inspires the youth. Addressing the students of Dr AER Degree, PG College here on Friday, he stated that the philosophy of monk Vivekananda was timeless. One should assimilate his philosophy and preserving his individuality.

This monk travelled the length and breadth of India, he added. Bharat Vikas Parishad also organised a programme on the occasion and its leaders garlanded Vivekananda’s statue.