Kuala Lumpur, November 22: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday unveiled the statue of Swami Vivekananda here in Malaysia, and said that it was his good and great fortune to be present to dedicate the statue of the Swami on Malaysian soil.
"Swami Vivekananda is a symbol of India's identity. We should imbibe his values. It was pursuit of truth that got Ramakrishna Paramhans and Swami ji together. They were not looking for a teacher or a disciple," Prime Minister Modi said after unveiling the statue.
"Vivekananda is not just an individual's name; he represents thousand year old Indian civilisation and culture. Vivekananda is not just a name. He personifies the thousands year old Indian culture and civilisation," he added.
He insisted that Swami Vivekananda was not looking for a guru or any kind of religion but was in search of truth.
"We started with Upanishads, we have perhaps reached satellites. But if we are able to maintain our fundamental values, then we will be able to instill values of Swami Vivekananda in ourselves," he said.
Later in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to address the excited Indian diaspora here in English tonight in the cultural extravaganza being hosted in his honour.
"Malaysia is different from other countries in the sense that the NRI population here is small. The numbers of the population which has come to this country decades ago, who are born and brought up here are high, that why his address will probably be in English," Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) general secretary Ram Madhav told ANI.
Talking about the general sense of excitement among the Indians in Kuala Lumpur, he added that the diaspora was waiting eagerly for his address during the glittering gala in the evening.
"Leaders from 27 different nations are here, but most of the posters that you can see are all for PM Modi. From the airport to the city you can see hoardings welcoming him. So you can see how excited the Indian community is here," Madhav said.
Addressing leaders and delegates at the 10th East Asia Summit on Sunday, Prime Minister while calling on ASEAN and EAS to continue to play a leading and central role in realising the vision of broader regional integration and cooperation.
He also said there was a need for building a new global resolve and new strategies to combat terrorism, without balancing it against political considerations.