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Om Birla Unveils First Swami Vivekananda Statue in Mexico, as source of inspiration for people

by Rishika Choudhury

Date & Time: Sep 04, 2022 8:00 PM

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Om Birla, the Lok Sabha Speaker, has unveiled a statue of Swami Vivekananda in Mexico. Birla revealed on his official Twitter account that it is the first Swami Vivekananda statue in Latin America and emphasised that the statue will be a "source of inspiration for people," particularly the region's youth, to work and bring about change that will "take their country to new heights." The Lok Sabha speaker emphasised that Swami Vivekananda's message and teachings transcend "geographic barriers" and time.

He tweeted, “Swami ji's message & teachings to the humanity transcend geographical barriers & time. His message is for the entire humanity. Today, by unveiling his bust in Mexico, we are paying our humble Tributes to him."

Birla was in Mexico on an official visit from August 31 to September 2. The delegation led by Om Birla included three members of Parliament, the Secretary General of Lok Sabha, and senior officials from the Parliament Secretariat, according to a press release issued by the Indian Embassy in Mexico.

Om Birla inaugurates India-Mexico Friendship Garden

During his visit to Mexico, Om Birla also dedicated the India-Mexico Friendship Garden at the Parliament House Complex. He emphasised that the Friendship Garden will play an important role in "promoting mutual cooperation among democratic institutions of the world" and strengthening mutual ties between India and Mexico. He also met with Mexico's Chamber of Deputies President, Santiago Creel. During the meeting, both sides discussed issues of mutual importance and expressed their desire for an exchange of ideas and "closer ties" between the Indian and Mexican legislatures.

Birla also unveiled a bust of Dr Pandurang Khankhoje in Chapingo University. He stated that Dr Khankhoje was an Indian revolutionary, scholar, and agricultural scientist and "was among the founding fathers of Ghadar Party." Birla lauded his work for the prosperity of Mexican Agriculture and called him a "true inspiration."

Furthermore, he interacted with Indian diaspora in Mexico and emphasized that these people play a "key role in growth and prosperity" of Mexico. During his visit to Mexico, Om Birla paid floral tributes at the Statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Chapultepec Park.


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