Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday virtually unveiled a life-size statue of Swami Vivekananda at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil (through video-conference) the life-size statue of Swami Vivekananda installed in the university campus on November 12, at 6:30 pm. The unveiling of the statue will be preceded by a programme on Swami Vivekananda,” the VC M Jagadesh Kumar had said in an official statement on Sunday.
“Swami Vivekananda is one of the most beloved intellectuals and spiritual leaders India has been fortunate to produce. He enthused the youth with his message of freedom, development, harmony and peace in India. The statue of Swami Vivekananda has been installed in the university campus with the support of JNU alumni,” he added.
The JNU Students Union (JNUSU) had called for a protest gathering at 5 pm today at the varsity’s North Gate. A poster released by the JNUSU calls for PM Modi to ‘go back’ and demands ‘answers’ from the MoE (ministry of education).
The protest gathering is against “the anti-education and anti-student Mogi government”, reads the poster.
On Wednesday, PM Modi took to Twitter and wrote, “At 6:30 this evening, will unveil a statue of Swami Vivekananda at the JNU campus and share my thoughts on the occasion. The programme will be held via video conferencing. I look forward to the programme this evening.”