Bengaluru, Jan 19: In an apparent jibe at the Sangh Parivar and the BJP, the Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah on Tuesday said some vested interests are using the name of Swami Vivekananda in untrue manner only to fulfill ill motives.
He was speaking at the National Youth Week organized by the government of Karnataka to observe 153rd birth anniversary of socio-religious legendary Swami Vivekananda at Kanteerava stadium.
The CM scathingly observed that Vivekananda believed in the harmony among diverse religions and he propagated humanity all through his life. The CM referring the Vivekananda's Chicago visit said Swami invoking the words "my dear brothers and sisters" displayed India's value for brotherhood to the world in a religious summit.
"Any institution which does not believe in peace, love, religious co-existence, cannot be seen as religion itself." The values Vivekananda spread across the world are the values of Hinduism and it is universal brotherhood. He opined that Vivekananda was a great human, who rose above religion barriers and this fact needs to be understood by all.
The CM also availed the platform to take a subtle jibe at the RSS and the BJP saying few vested interests hold massive rallies in the name of Vivekananda only to fulfill ill motives by fanning communal disharmony. He was apparently referring to the RSS and the BJP. But Siddaramaiah did not make a mention of any party or the organization in the speech.
The CM ahead of the speech read oath to the audience, while the packed audience at the Kanteerava stadium stoop up to take the oath. The oath is a vow to emulate the values of Vivekananda.
The CM further said, religion has to support the poor, needy and unprivileged segment of the society. "Vivekananda all along his life worked for the needy and Swami said the one who does not provide food for the poor cannot be viewed as God."
The CM urged the audience, which consisted of many young to follow the true words of Vivekananda and not to be misguided by vested interests. He pronouncing popular statement of Swami, "arise, awake, stop not until reach the goal" said India has highest youth population in the world and walk the path laid down by the Vivekananda
It could be observed that the program was not attended by any BJP leaders,despite the names of union ministers (M Venkaiah Naidu, D V Sadananda Gowda, H N Ananth Kumar) were printed on the invitation.
The CM speaking to media on the sidelines of the program, to a question on luxury tax imposed on ICU said "some one has brought this to my notice, I will look into it and we will examine". The state government has imposed luxury tax on ICU beds, which in turn the hospitals will pass on the burden to the patients.