Eastern Times: November 12,2020, New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a statue of Swami Vivekananda at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus today via video conferencing.
During his address to mark the event, he said, “when we were oppressed during colonial rule, Swami Vivekananda went to Michigan University in the earlier part of the last century & had said that even though this century is yours, the next century will belong to India. It is our responsibility to realise this statement vision.”
He said he hopes that the statue instils courage and compassion that Swami Vivekananda wanted to see in everyone
Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and JNU vice-chancellor Jagadesh Kumar were also present for the function. Before the unveiling Kumar said the JNU fraternity is “very happy that Swami Vivekananda’s statue will be inaugurated today by our PM.”
However, the invitation to Modi, even virtual, has miffed the JNUSU which is all planning to protest on campus.
They believe the Modi government “openly supported” violence on campuses and is attacking universities with the National Education Policy which will result in fund cuts and privatisation of education.