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Vivekananda: source of CM’s inspiration

The chief minister draws inspiration from Swami Vivekananda’s words in times of crisis and always carries with her Vivekananda: His Call to the Nation, she said at Belur Math on Wednesday.

“It is one of my favourite books and I always carry it with me. I read and re-read each of line of the book. Swamiji always believed in positive thinking and that is what inspires me,” Mamata Banerjee said while addressing a youth convention at the headquarters of Ramakrishna Math and Mission on the occasion of Vivekananda’s 150th birth anniversary.

Senior monks at the Math said they knew that the book, a compilation of the monk’s writings, was one of Mamata’s favourites.

“Once I got to see the book and was surprised to see how she had underlined paragraph after paragraph. It was evident that she had nearly internalised the book,” said Swami Suhitananda, the general secretary of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission.

The chief minister, who advanced her Belur Math visit by a day because of Trinamul’s Brigade rally on Thursday, said she came to know from the writings that Vivekananda loved all sports — “from golf to football to horse riding” — and enjoyed cooking with a dash of green chilli.

“Swamiji loved playing golf. It was an expression of his concentration,” said a monk.

“Swamiji was a visionary and an icon for youths and students. It was his ideology that prompted us to reserve half the panchayat seats for women,” the chief minister said.

Mamata inaugurated a guest house built by the Howrah Improvement Trust at the crossing of GT Road and the road leading to the Math and a police outpost adjoining the Math.

“A team of around 20-22 police personnel will be on duty 24x7 at the outpost under a senior officer. The outpost will receive complaints and forward them to Bally police station,” said a senior officer at the Howrah police commissionerate. “The cop strength will be increased and the CCTV recordings, now handled by Math officials, will be stored here.”