|Swami Vivekananda popularised the pride of Hinduism
around the world. He taught self-respect and equality.
—JayalalithaaImage source: Wikimedia Commons
October 2012, Extension of Vivekananda House's lease by 99 yearsIn October 2012, the state government of Tamil Nadu, lead by Jayalalitha, announced that they were going to extend the lease of Vivekananda House Marina by 99 years. It was considered as a "gift" from Jayalaitha government to Ramakrishna Mission, Chennai.[Ref]
February 2013, "Vivekananda was a great inspiration. . ."In February 2013, during the inauguration ceremony of Vivekananda's 150th birth anniversary celebration in Chennai, Jayalalithaa told—[Ref]
There are some people who made public life a profession. The profession can be transformed into service, but service cannot be turned into a profession. As far as I am concerned, Swami Vivekananda was a great inspiration for me to enter politics.
When I took the first step into politics in 1982, I mentioned Swami Vivekananda in an interview. Swami Vivekananda served the people as a monk. Following his path, I have been serving the people with a sense of detachment. I don’t have any selfish motive since I don’t have any needs. The people of Tamil Nadu are everything to me. I am here because of the people of TN and will work for them.
February 2013, "Swami Vivekananda popularised the pride of Hinduism around the world. . ."
In February 2013, Jayalaithaa also told—[Ref]
Swami Vivekananda popularised the pride of Hinduism around the world. He taught self-respect and equality. Possessing extreme knowledge and will power, he was an example of leadership and charity.Swami Vivekananda did public service as an ascetic. On his footsteps, I have taken political renunciation to serve the people. I have no selfishness and I need nothing. I have no one. People of Tamil Nadu mean everything to me.
December 2013, Vivekananda cultural centre, Chennai, Tamil NaduAccording to a news article published in The Hindu on 30 December 2013, a cultural centre dedicated to Swami Vivekananda would be opened in Triplicane, Chennai, in the beginning of 2014. The centre will be named "Vivekananda cultural centre". The centre will offer courses on meditation, yoga, Vedanta, Swami Vivekananda's teachings. The foundation stone of the centre was laid by the state's chief minister Jayalalitha.[Ref]
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