Narendra Modi
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On the anniversary of the worst-ever terror attack that took place in USA on 11 September 2001, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the 9/11 would have never happened had the world followed Swamy Vivekananda's universal brotherhood message.

"Had we followed Swamiji's message, history would never have witnessed such dastardly acts as we saw on 11th September 2001 in USA. Let us remember the words of Swami Vivekananda and dedicate ourselves to furthering the cause of unity, brotherhood and world peace," IANS quoted Modi.

Recalling Vivekananda's address at the Parliament of World Religions in Chicago in 1893, he established a relation between Vivekananda's speech and terror attack on World Trade Centre. The incidents took place on the same date, but in different years. 

"There are two images of 11th September -- one of the trail of destruction in 2001 and the other -- the message of Swami Vivekananda in 1893. Through his address, Swami Vivekananda drew the entire world's attention to our nation's rich history and strong cultural roots," he said.

Modi said "India's message of universal brotherhood reverberated across the world."