Narendranath – The Man



Narendranath Datta, the man better known as Swami Vivekananda, was born on January 12, 1863 and died on July 4th, 1902. He was hardly 40 when he died. This year marks the completion of 150 years since his birth.

The last few months have seen a spate of articles running him down, some blaming him for perceived wrongs in Hinduism (Masculine Hinduism being a case in point). Will try and  see him from a critical angle, as much as possible by a devotee 🙂 

First the 10 Points raised by Aakar Patel in Mint:


1. The first thing is that Narendra always loved dressing up. It is not easy to find a photograph of his where he is not fully kitted out.

See Photo Above.

2. Second, he was always chubby and in some angles appears rotund, but that did not embarrass him and it doesn’t take away from the fact that the dressing is deliberate. His clothes, not inexpensive, were made so that they hid his lack of fitness. To him the externals mattered.

Britisher to Swamiji: Can’t you wear proper clothes to be Gentleman?

Swamiji to Britisher: In your Culture dress makes Gentlemen but in our Culture CHARACTER makes Gentleman.





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