Whatever may be one’s political affiliation, the respect for Swami Vivekananda remains indistinguishable. Except, of course, the far Left and anti-Hindu religious fundamentalists, no one can even think of insulting Swami Vivekananda. But some anti-social elements have damaged a statue Swami Vivekananda located at Sadar Kotwali, New Bazar Road, Bhadohi, Uttar Pradesh.
What’s surprising is that it was done in true ISIS style. Islamic State has made the beheading of victims a key element in its campaign of terror and conquest. Most famous were the murders of Westerners James Foley, Steven Sotloff, and David Haines, whose severed heads and decapitated bodies have been shown in threatening videos.
— ShankhNaad (@ShankhNaad) October 28, 2017
The disturbing incident shocked the locals who have reached the spot. They demanded the installation of new statue and arrest of the accused. Deputy District Collector Ashish Kumar, has assured for setting up a new statute.
Reports suggest that the police have arrested the accused youth. The accused is believed to be a minor.
जनदप भदोही पुलिस की तत्काल कार्यवाही, अभियुक्त गिरफ्तार । pic.twitter.com/VLJ7Kgaaz1
— BHADOHI POLICE (@bhadohipolice) October 29, 2017
World Hindu Federation’s District President Pramod Mishra strongly condemned the incident and called the incident as an insult to the country. District Vice President Ram Bharosh Gautam said such incidents, if repeated, will be met with a fierce movement.
Twitterati too came in with their responses:
Well this is warning
— . (@anilsangeeta) October 28, 2017
Vivekananda said ‘ every man going out of the Hindu pale is not only a man less, but an enemy more’ (cw-vol v p587).
— Lachit Borpukan (@LachitBorpukan) October 28, 2017
Karma will visit the community of those who did this.
— Jaganniwas Iyer (@jaganniwas) October 28, 2017
One of my neighbour mr sanbag famous book seller also bought vivekand books from his first earning . And his life change lot
— . (@anilsangeeta) October 30, 2017
Any Muslim, Muslim Body will condemn this..! Here is the reason why anybody question and doubt them !
— Manoj Kumar (@sukraag) October 29, 2017
In an earlier incident, vandals desecrated the statue of late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in Mirzapur.
Swami Vivekananda, born Narendranath Dutta, was a Brahmachari and monk. He built a bridge between East and the West by introducing the world to the Yoga and Vedanta schools of Sanatana Dharma. In his first speech to the West, at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, on September 11 of 1893, he received a two minute long standing ovation from an audience of several thousand people.
Apart from contributing towards Yoga-Vedanta, he was a social reformer who left a legacy of organizations that continue to serve humanity globally. He is revered as a patriotic saint in modern India. To date, his birthday is celebrated as the National Youth Day.