12th January, 2012 is the 150th birth centenary of Swami Vivekananda. The entire country is in a mood to celebrate the birth anniversary of this great man, who is known as the first modern man of India. Swami Vivekananda was the first man to sell India at the international level.
Swami Vivekananda used to say that character is the most important part of any person. He was a great motivation to the freedom fighters of India at the national level. He used to believe that youth is the most important part of any nation and a nation cannot progress without the support of any youth. For this day, 12th January has been declared as the Youth Day by the Government of India.
Gujarat Government has set aside a fund of Rs 50 crores to celebrate the 150th birth centenary celebrations of Swami Vivekananda. The Government of West Bengal has declared it as a holiday under N.I. Act and hence all offices, banks and establishments will remain closed in the state on 12th January.
The Government of Kerala has decided to preserve the granite cot on which he slept when he came to the state in 1892. In spite of all these celebrations, will India really follow the words of Swami Vivekananda? As we can see that the moral standard of the society is going down to a great extent, what India needs a people like Swami Vivekananda, whose inspiring speeches have inspired the millions. The caste system still prevails in the Indian society and corruption is still a major evil of the society. It is becoming increasingly difficult to get a person having a good moral character.
In spite of the fact that the GDP of the nation is growing at a fast rate, the Gross national happiness is going down to a great extent. Under such circumstances, spiritualism can play a major role in keeping the bondage of the nation intact.