Rights claim sans responsible acts upset CM

Ram Madhav Pledges Peace, Safeguard Integrity of Manipur

STAFF REPORTER/DIPR IMPHAL, 11th Sep: Chief Minister N Biren Monday expressed concern over the emerging trend in the state, where people often demand their rights but do not think of their contribution towards the development and welfare of the society.

He was speaking as chief guest of the inaugural function of the Swami Chinmayananda Memorial Lecture held at INA Memorial Hall, Moirang. Chinmaya Mission organised the lecture under the theme 'Vision of India through the eyes of Swami Vivekananda and Swami Chinmayananda'. The lecture was delivered by eminent thinker and BJP leader Ram Madhav.

Speaking on the occasion, Biren noted that people of Manipur seem to have the habit of demanding their rights only while ignoring their obligation to contribute towards the society. Through contributions from the public, the society would become prosperous and developed, he said, while stressing the need to organise such lectures in the state to instil the idea of making effective contribution towards the society.

Regarding the INA complex, Biren said that his government would take up initiatives to renovate the complex but his government would not allow race among contractors for this project.

He also announced that photography would be allowed inside the premises of INA Museum henceforth.

While delivering the lecture on the subject theme, Ram Madhav, who is also director of India Foundation, said that people should become stakeholders in transforming the country into a ‘New India’. He stated that the government is not talking about reformation but for complete transformation of the country.

“If we want to become New India, it is the responsibility of the people to come forward to make a Swachh and corruption free India,” he said. He mentioned that in the next five years, India would become poverty free and corruption free country and no single person would be living in poverty by 2022. The government will have zero tolerance on terrorism and corruption, he added.

Stating that the works and policies of NDA government are in line with the views of Swami Vivekananda and Swami Chinmayananda, Ram Madhav called upon the people to take a pledge to make India a great country.

Praising Manipur as the land of prosperity, Ram Madhav said that Indian culture is incomplete without the rich Manipuri culture. The objective of the new BJP led government is to bring peace and normalcy in the state. The government is committed to restoring peace and saving territorial integrity of the state, he added. He further stated that knowledge without love is not true knowledge.

Swami Vivekananda was a true patriot, saint and social reformer, and in his short life of 40 years, he had performed, contributed and accomplished a lot not only for the country but for the entire mankind, Ram Madhav noted.

Highlighting Swami Vivekananda’s ideology on respecting diversity and unity, he said that India is such a country that respects and accepts unity in diversity but also celebrates the diversity where people are happy of belonging to different religions and tribes.

He further stated that an individual should have pride of the past and give respect to it.

The society needs to discard bad things and embrace good ones for its growth and development, he added.

Quoting Swami Chinmayananda’s ideas, Ram Madhav mentioned that it is the responsibility of the leaders to guide and motivate the people to choose the right path. A great patriot and spiritualist, Swami Chinmayananda’s idea of spirituality was about the present life, the people, society and country and gave his commitment and dedication to awaken the people of the country to love their neighbours, people, country and humanity.

Minister for Forest and Environment Th Shyamkumar, Regional Head of Chinmaya Mission (Chennai) Swami Mitrananda, Adviser (HR and Economic Affairs) to CM MLA P Sharatchandra, MPSC chairman (retired) Lieutenant General Himalaya Konsam, Commandant of Military Intelligence Training School and Depot, Pune Lieutenant General LN Singh, Professor Amar Yumnam of MU, Vice-Chairman Manipur Infrastructure Development Agency (MIDA) M Asnikumar attended the function.

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