Win - Win Achievement
The occasion was the Birth Centenary of Swami Vivekananda. The place was mid-sea rock at Kanyakumari where Swami Vivekananda had meditated and had taken the momentous decision of his life. The mission was to commemorate the discovery of the life mission by Swami Vivekananda on that historical Rock by erecting either a statue or installing a commemorative plaque on the Rock. But there was opposition at various levels for the memorial. A section of local Christian community said they would not allow the memorial at that Rock; The Chief Minister of the state said that in his life time he would not allow any memorial there though he agreed that it was Vivekananda Rock; Union Cultural minister said that the memorial would spoil the natural beauty.
A Mission Impossible? A communal flash point? Either one or other have to be dissatisfied? It could have been so. But there came a person, Sri Eknathji Ranade and gradually the opposition melted, all came together and proudly the national monument took grand shape. Shri. S.B. Chavan, Minister of Planning & Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission had said, "But for his (Eknathji's) farsightedness, devotional involvement in the task set forth and missionary drive and zeal with which he had taken upon himself, the monumental work of Vivekananda Rock Foundation would not have stood as Message of world brotherhood (Vishvabandhutva) to the coming generation".
How did Eknathji achieve this ?
[ Niveditadidi's article in Yuva Bharati Nov'14]
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