Here’s an article of mine on ‘Swami Vivekananda’s message to the Youth’ that was published in the Kannada daily Vijaya Vani on the occasion of his 111th death anniversary (04-Jul-13).
A development activist, public policy advocate, social innovator and leadership trainer
A lot of people keep asking me about the last one year that I have spent working in the Government as an insider. From being a person outside the system constantly interacting with it and seeking their support for ensuring human development at the grassroots, friends including myself are surprised on how my journey has brought me here. From being a angry young man in the early eighties to feeling disillusioned at the ‘trickle down effect’ that never truly happened, to working inside Government in building the capacity of people and systems at the Capacity Building Commission, I have indeed
12 January is celebrated as the National Youth Day in India on the birth anniversary of the youth icon, Swami Vivekananda. While his life and message continues to inspire millions of young people around the world, one needs to appreciate how he was not just a Hindu monk. Understanding his work will take more than a life time. While he can mean so many things to many people, from a monk to a spiritual giant, a philosopher, a social reformer, a nationalist, a compassionate humanist to a great orator, poet and so much more. While understanding his work will take