Shillong, Jan 12: Meghalaya today joined the nation in celebrating the National Youth Day, the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. The Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan Shillong, along with the Ramkrishna Mission organized a programme following the COVID-19 protocol laid down by the government.
Participants paid floral tributes to Swami Vivekananda and fondly remembered his teachings. The programme started with the National Anthem, followed by the lighting of the ceremonial lamp.
The Chief Guest, State Director, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan Atul J Nikam called upon the youth to follow the footsteps of Swami Vivekananda and imbibe his ideas to occupy a responsible place in society.
Secretary of Ramakrishna Mission Swami Hitakamanandaji Maharaj and Bobby Wahlang, Youth co-ordinator from the Department of Sports and Youth Affairs Govt of Meghalaya also called upon the youth to draw inspiration from Swamiji’s words and take greater responsibilities in nation-building.
Students of the Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Cultural Centre presented a Khasi song titled “Ka Sneng Ka Khraw” as the closing song.
The program concluded with words of gratitude from Swami Divyaswarupanandaji Maharaj Assistant Secretary Ramakrishna Mission Shillong and the National Anthem.
The celebration was in line with the 25th National Youth Festival launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. The Festival aims to shape the minds of India’s youth and transform them into a united force for nation-building.
It is one of the biggest exercises in social cohesion and intellectual & cultural integration. It aims to bring diverse cultures of India and integrate them into a united thread of ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’.
Sports Officer from the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs, Bansara Dhar, Archery Coach, Khlain Pyrkhat Syiemlieh, Football Coach and Debasis Datta NYK Shillong were among the participants at today’s event.