MANGALORE: Swami Vivekananda defined Hinduism through a universalized approach to people across the world, minister for agriculture Krishna Byre Gowda has said.

He was speaking after inaugurating National Youth Day celebrations held to mark the valedictory of the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda at Ramakrishna Mutt here on Sunday. “The philosophy of Swami Vivekananda is an inspiration for people across the world. The influence he created through his preaching is relevant forever and it transforms the minds of young generation,” Gowda said.

Swami Vivekananda taught people to live with self esteem and without bigoted views, he said. “It is narrow-minded views that cause disharmony in society. Vivekananda enlightened people through his writings to be free from narrow-minded faiths,” Gowda said and added that the youth has the capacity to change the nation.

Ramakrishna Mutt president Swami Jitakamananda said that education is not a process of obtaining certificates. It should shape people into responsible citizens, he added.

“In India, people always depend on the government for their requirements. We need to learn to live independently. Every individual should have goals in life,” he said.

Nitte University chancellor N Vinay Hegde, Mangalore South MLA JR Lobo, Human Networking Academy, Bangalore director K Raghothama Rao and young speaker Tejasvi Surya spoke.

Courtesy: Times of India