"Youth must take inspiration from Eknathji's life and make their life meaningful" - said Mananeeya Nivedita Bhide, Vice President, Vivekananda Kendra Kanyakumari. Delivering the inaugural address of Mananeeya Eknathji Ranade Birth Centenary Celebrations, NiveditaDidi shared incidents of Eknathji that showed him as a master organizer, forceful communicator and visionary leader. Eknathji was born in a poor family in Maharashtra and by the dint of his efforts and inspiration of Swami Vivekananda, he strove to make the country great, first through Vivekananda Rock Memorial and then through Vivekananda Kendra - a nationwide service organisation, she said.
Speaking on the occasion Chief Guest Hon. Justice B. Subhashan Reddy, Lokayukta for the States of AP & Telangana, praised the organized efforts of Vivekananda Kendra in propagating good values and education to remove the ills of the society and expedite the efforts to make a Developed India. Chairman, Pennar Industries Limited Sri Nrupender Rao, who is the Chairperson,Celebrations Committee - Andhra Pradesh and Telangana extolled the virtues of Eknathji who was inspired by Swami Vivekananda. A set of four Telugu books on Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Swami Vivekananda and Eknathji Shila Smaaraka Kathaa, Hindu Jaatiki Vivekananduni Melkolupu, Karyakartaala Vikaasiniki Diksoochikalu, Visista Vyaktitvam Eknathji were also released on the occasion.
These are the first four books published by the recently launched Vivekananda Kendra Telugu Prachurana Vibhagamu.
The program held at Keshav Memorial Campus, Hyderabad,on 29 November 2014, was attended by a galaxy of distinguished guests from Judiciary, education, industries, commerce and social service. A large number of youth attended the program.
Justive CV Ramulu, National Vice chairman of the Celebrations Committee, read out the list of the Celebrations Committee for the Telugu praantam while Sri Raghav Reddy, Trustee, Valmiki Vanaprasthashramam gave a rousing call to those who are retired but not tired to dedicate their remaining years for seva through the Kendra. Sri Guttikonda Sri Ram, Director KL University and Member, Celebrations committee delivered the Vote of Thanks. Earlier welcoming the august gathering, Sri G. Chandramouli, Praant Pramukh, Vivekananda Kendra, Telugu Praant, said the year long Celebrations of Eknathji's Birth Centenary will have several local and state level programs for youth, women, intellectuals, families and tribal communities. The purpose of these programs is to inspire the society through the life and work of Eknathji, who had sacrificed his entire life for the good of the society,he said.