Remembering Swami Vivekananda's historic appearance at the Chicago World Parliament of Religions, held in 1893's, many notable personalities, including former President of India Pranab Mukherjee organised a interfaith meet at Vivekananda Mission on Wednesday to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the historic speech.
Celebrating the anniversary, Mukherjee said, "There is perhaps a need for intra-faith harmony even more than the interfaith harmony."
Vivekananda’s historic speech has been remembered and celebrated by many across the country every year. Ramakrishna Mission organises a event ever year at its premises to remember the day.
Around nine notable personalities from major religious faith were present at the event. Further, various scholars and preachers participated in the event and explained how each had similarities with the line of thought expounded by Vivekananda speech which drew thunderous applause from the largely American audience.
Another representative of Zoroastrianism, Shernaz Caam, said, "It was Cyrus I whose empire extended all the way from China to Europe that founded the philosophy of equality of beings regardless of who their Gods were. He was one of the earliest rulers of the world who took pains to repair and rejuvenate places of worships of all faiths. And that is exactly what Swami Vivekananda spoke about almost 2600 years later expressing an idea that was to take the western world by storm."
Further speaking on the new faiths, Delhi University's head of the Department (HOD) of Buddhist Studies K T S Sarao said "As long as economic disparities remain, there will be the social struggle for equitable distribution of the access to resources leading to conflict and persecution."