1 min read.Updated: 19 Dec 2020, 12:34 PM IST Edited By Meghna Sen
Union Home Minister Amit Shah began his day paying tribute to Swami Vivekanand at Ramakrishna Ashram in Kolkata
Shah will also address a public meeting at Midnapore, scheduled for 2 pm today
Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah is in Kolkata today on a two-day visit to West Bengal to take stock of his party's affairs in the state ahead of the upcoming Bengal Assembly elections in 2021.
Upon his arrival in Kolkata, Amit Shah took to Twitter saying, "I bow to this revered land of greats like Gurudev Tagore, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar and Syama Prasad Mookerjee."
Reached Kolkata! I bow to this revered land of greats like Gurudev Tagore, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar & Syama Prasad Mookerjee. কলকাতায় পৌঁছালাম। কবিগুরু রবীন্দ্রনাথ ঠাকুর, ঈশ্বরচন্দ্র বিদ্যাসাগর এবং শ্যামাপ্রসাদ মুখোপাধ্যায়ের মত মহামানবের এই পুণ্য ভূমিকে আমি শতকোটি প্রণাম জানাই pic.twitter.com/rEGSjc87Rk
The Union Home Minister began his day paying tribute to Swami Vivekanand at Ramakrishna Ashram in Kolkata.
"This the place where Vivekananda Ji was born. Vivekananda ji connected modernity and spirituality. He had said that if, for 50 years, everyone forgot their own gods and goddesses and prayed only to Bharat Mata, this nation would become aware. Exactly 50 years after that, India won independence," Amit Shah said.
"Swami Vivekananda took India's culture, vision and ethos to the world. After visiting his birthplace, I feel his ideals are still relevant in the present-day world. Rather, his ideals are more needed in the present times," Shah added.
Meanwhile, taking to Twitter, Shah wrote, "Had the profound fortune of spending time at the Ramakrishna Mission & pay tributes to Swami Vivekananda ji. He was a great son of Mother India who devoted his life to National Resurgence. May his ideals continue to inspire us to transform India into a land of enlightened wisdom."