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Vice President Venkaiah Naidu addressed the valedictory session of the second World Hindu Conference, at Chicago, in the United States to commemorate the 125th year of Swami Vivekananda’s address in the city.

wami Vivekananda’s addresses at this Parliament have been incredibly influential. As Dr. J.H. Barrows, Chairman of the General Committee of the Parliament of Religions said, “Swami Vivekananda exercised a wonderful influence over his audience”.

Swamiji was an embodiment of Hindu culture. As Swami Vivekananda said in his inaugural speech at Chicago on September 11, 1893, ours is a country that has “taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance.”

We, in India, feel proud that such a voice that stirred the hearts and minds of the delegates in the conference 125 years ago, still reverberates and strikes a deep resonance in many people across the globe, VP Naidu said.

Earlier, he addressed the Telugu community in the USA; He asked the Telagu Community to uphold India’s core values and beliefs of sharing, caring and treating the entire world as ‘One Family’—Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.

Observing that about 32 million Indians and Persons of Indian Origin were living across the globe, he told the overseas Telugus to always strive to enhance the image of India and Indians.

He also appealed to them to adopt villages in their native districts and help in developing them into model villages.

Complementing the community, the Vice President said that they are playing a very constructive role in strengthening the relationship between India and the US.

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