Swami Vivekananda's humanitarian vision
Though Vivekananda was a proud Hindu as well as Indian, that did not deter him from pointing out the vices that had plagued the religion and the nation.
Though Vivekananda was a proud Hindu as well as Indian, that did not deter him from pointing out the vices that had plagued the religion and the nation. Neither did he paint an imaginary story revolving "glory" of ancient India by "discovering" test-tube baby, plastic surgery with Ram's arrows being "missiles" and Kuber's Pushpak Rath an "aircraft" nor tried to impose his religious belief upon other communities by projecting Hinduism and India as superior to others; rather his true love for his own religion and country got translated into love and respect for all religions and humanity as a whole.
It is indeed a disgusting sight when the rabid orthodox pseudo-nationalist merchants of hatred, who have emerged as the self-declared "guardians" of Hindus and "holy cows" and can't hold a candle to the liberalism of the great sage, dare to project the humanitarian harmony-personified Swami Vivekananda as one of their "icons''! Had Vivekananda been alive, he would have got ashamed and disgusted to witness barbaric demolition of Babri Masjid, humiliation of Kashmir, divisive NRC-CAA, muscle-flexing of rabid Hindutva with sole goal of intimidating minorities and Dalits, murderous stance of cow vigilantes, assault on dietary rights and threatening specific groups by invoking imaginary concepts of "Love Jihad" to mention a few.