Barasat (WB): A world youth conference will be held in West Bengal this year to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Saturday.
"The history, culture and the teachings of our eminent
personalities like Swami Vivekananda, poet Nazrul Islam and
Rabindranath Tagore will be highlighted in the youth
conference," she said after unveiling a life-size bronze
statue of Swami Vivekananda at Dakshineswar.
Declaring that she will observe National Youth Day on
Swami Vivekananda`s birthday at Maoist-hit Jungle Mahal areas,
she said, "I will observe the day with the youths at Jungle
Mahal. The departments of sports, tourism and youth welfare
will organise sports and give training to the youths."
"We will spread the message and teachings of Swami
Vivekananda. The future leaders will emerge from among the
poor and farmers," he said.
The state government will highlight the contribution
of Swami Vivekananda, Sri Ramakrishna, Sarada Devi and Sister
Nivedita in particular during a year-long government sponsored
celebration starting on the birth anniversary of the great
spiritual leader on 12 January.