West Bengal says PM Modi’s speech will not be shown in universities

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a student leader’s convention on the occasion of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya’s Centenary Celebration and 125th Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s address at the Chicago World Parliament of Religions on September 11.

The Centre had sent notices to more than 40,000 colleges and universities asking them to live telecast the speech of the Prime Minister.

Modi will be addressing on September 11 to mark the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s address at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago.

On 11th September, 2017, at 10.30am, Hon’ble Prime Minister will address the nation to remind one and all about the relevance and significance of Swami Vivekananda’s teachings in the backdrop of today’s social milieu.

The Theme of the programme will be on “Young lndia, New lndia – A Resurgent Nation: from Sankalp to Sidhhi”. “This is a clear attempt to saffronise education”. “The Centre can not do it without informing or without taking the concurrence of the state government concerned”. The colleges and universities in the state were surprised by the UGC circular.

Mr Chatterjee also objected to the clubbing together of Deen Dayal Upadhyay, a politician and head of BJP’s fountainhead – Bharatiya Jan Sangh – and Swami Vivekananda, a Hindu monk and philosopher seeking to raise interfaith awareness. Since the state has not received any formal communication from the centre, the universities have not been given permission, he added.

According to BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha, students would be “privileged” to get to hear Modi’s speech. “We feel that UGC has not done anything wrong”, he said. This is not the first time when the state government had gone on a path of collision with the BJP-led centre. It is likely not the last.

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