Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday unveiled a statue of Swami Vivekananda at the JNU campus via video conferencing.
“When we were oppressed during colonialism, Swami Vivekananda went to Michigan University in the earlier part of the last century & had said that even though this century is yours, next century will belong to India. It is our responsibility to realise this statement vision,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said during the event.
He also said he hopes that the statue instils courage and compassion that Swami Vivekananda wanted to see in everyone
The event was also attended by Union Minister for Education Ramesh PokhriyalNishank and JNU vice-chancellor Jagadesh Kumar.
Earlier, talking to media ahead of the unveiling, JNU vice-chancellor Jagadesh Kumar said that the JNU fraternity is “very happy that Swami Vivekananda’s statue will be inaugurated today by our PM”.
The statue unveiling ceremony at the administration block of the JNU has been scheduled for 6.30 pm, a statement issued by the university said.
However, a controversy has hit the ceremony hours ahead of the scheduled unveiling. The JNU Students Union (JNUSU) has called for a protest gathering at 5 pm today at the varsity’s North Gate.
A controversial poster released by the JNUSU calls for PM Modi to ‘go back’ and demands ‘answers’ from the Ministry of Education (MoE).
The protest gathering is against “the anti-education and anti-student Mogi government”, reads the poster.
It may be recalled that JNU students have been constantly attacking the JNU administration over the construction of the statue, alleging waste of funds.