Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman has issued a clarion call to the youth of India to join the National Cadet Corps (NCC), on the occasion of National Youth Day, which has since 1984 been observed to mark the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
Taking to Twitter, the minister has posted quotes of the 1863-born philosopher icon who is credited with having played a large role in the proliferation of Yoga across the globe, promotion of inter-faith awareness, and especially the concept of nationalism under the British Raj.
She has gone on to present the story of an NCC cadet who went on to become the Prime Minister of the country. That caded is, of course, Narendra Modi:
The Prime Minister has also posted about Swami Vivekananda and his belief in Yuva Shakti (the power of youth):
Other political leaders from across the spectrum have also shared their tributes:
Famed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has dedicated his sand art installation at Puri beach to the environment in this context: