Vivekananda Kendra

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Vivekananda Kendra
Formation7 January 1972 (52 years ago) (1972-01-07)
Legal statusActive
HeadquartersKanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India
Region served

Vivekananda Kendra is a Hindu nationalist social service and "nation-building" organisation, claiming to represent the heritage of Swami Vivekananda. the organisation is based near the Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanyakumari.[1][2]

The organisation was founded on 7 January 1972 by Eknath Ranade, a senior pracharak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Its current[when?] president is A. Balakrishnan.

The organisation has constructed a solid waste management and bio-gas plant in Mahabalipuram.[3]

Vivekananda Kendra received the Gandhi Peace Prize for 2015 for its contribution to rural development, education and development of natural resources.[4]

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  1. ^ Kanungo, Pralay (8 February 2013). "Attempts at Appropriation". Frontline. Archived from the original on 7 August 2020.
  2. ^ Pandya, Samta P. (9 July 2014). "The Vivekananda Kendra in India: Its ideological translations and a critique of its social service". Critical Research on Religion. 2 (2): 116–133. doi:10.1177/2050303214534999. ISSN 2050-3032. S2CID 143748202.
  3. ^ Prabhu, M. J. (7 September 2011). "Power from waste: Vivekananda Kendra shows the way". The Hindu. Tamil Nadu, India.
  4. ^ "President confers Gandhi Peace Prize". All India Radio. 26 February 2019. Archived from the original on 21 December 2019. Retrieved 1 March 2019.

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