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Seminar & stamp to mark monk centenary

An international seminar will be held at Science City on December 15 to mark the 100th birth anniversary of Swami Ranganathananda, the 13th president of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission.

Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi will inaugurate the programme.

A stamp bearing the monk’s image will be released by the chief postmaster-general of the postal department. Three books and souvenirs, too, will be released on the occasion.

The seminar, being organised by Swami Ranganathananda Birth Centenary Celebration Committee, will be attended by “intellectuals” from across the country and the world.

“The topic, Total Human Development in the Light of Ramakrishna-Vivekananda-Vedanta Tradition, was close to Swami Ranganathananda’s heart,” said Subrata Maitra, the president of the committee.

World peace, religious and cultural harmony, secular education in India and women’s education — the topics which the swami had spoken and written about — will be discussed at the seminar.

“The event will end with a cultural programme, featuring Trishi Bhajan by Trikkur Group and devotional songs by Swami Sarvagananda,” said committee secretary S.P. Mukherjee.

Swami Ranganathananda joined the Mission as a cook when he was 18 and took over as head of the order in 1998.

He passed away in 2005.

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