Swami Vivekananda: The Man Who Propagated Tolerance 125 Years Ago
From left to right: Virchand Gandhi, Hewivitarne Dharmapala, Swami Vivekananda, (possibly) G Bonet Maury.
From left to right: Virchand Gandhi, Hewivitarne Dharmapala, Swami Vivekananda, (possibly) G Bonet Maury.(Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia)

Swami Vivekananda: The Man Who Propagated Tolerance 125 Years Ago

(This article has been republished from The Quint’s archives to mark Swami Vievekananda’s 154th birthday.)

On 11 September 1983, Swami Vivekananda delivered his famous speech at the ‘Parliament of the World's Religions’ in Chicago.

The spectacular event gave birth to a formal dialogic exchange between all the religions of the world, especially of the Orient with the Occident.

Listen to Swami Vivekananda’s full speech at the Chicago Parliament of Religions.

Vivekananda, a 19th century Hindu sage, had in his speech introduced Hindu philosophy to the world, propagating a message of tolerance.

I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance.
Swami Vivekananda 

Vivekananda had identified the threats of ‘fanaticism’. In his speech, he described India as a nation that “sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and all nations.”

It is said that Vivekananda captivated the 5,000 delegates present at the Parliament, the effect of which is still not lost.

Note: The story was earlier published titled “Vivekananda Warned Against Bigotry, Fanaticism 125 Years Ago”. The speech was delivered 124 years ago. The error is regretted.

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