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Children dressed as Swamy Vivekananda stand around the sand sculpture on the 155th birth anniversary celebrations at Sri Prakash School in Visakhapatnam on Friday

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Punjab Governor and Chandigarh Administrator V P Singh Badnore today paid tributes to Swami Vivekananda on his birth anniversary, which is also celebrated as National Youth Day. The Prime Minister was addressing a programme being organised in Belagavi on the occasion of National Youth Day and Sarva Dharma Sabha. Modi said, "let us work to make India free from open defecation" and make the visions of Swami Vivekanand real by achieving 'Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat'.

Citing Vivekananda's quote, "An atheist is not someone who does not believe in God but is one who does not believe in himself", the spiritual teacher said that if someone does not believe in himself/herself, the person is (like) an atheist adding that people can not do much if there is no self belief.

"They should keep trying to innovative things at a fast pace".

Dr Chithung called upon the youth in the country, more particularly those in the State to wake up and get involved in launching the country towards becoming a prosperous and powerful country. "But, we have the opportunity to fulfil the dreams of the great men and women who devoted their lives for our freedom", he said. "Surya Namaskar is one of the best ways to keep fit and in this regard the state government has chose to organise mass Surya Namaskar sessions every year on the occasion of Swami Vivekananda's birth anniversary", he said.

Vivekananda, born as Narendranath Datta, was an Indian Hindu monk. Swami Vivekananda's lectures and writings were a source of inspiration and have motivated numerous youth organizations.

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