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Vivekananda Kendra
Formation7 January 1972 (50 years ago) (1972-01-07)
Legal statusActive
HeadquartersKanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India
Region served

Vivekananda Kendra is a Hindu nationalist spiritual organisation. Closely affiliated with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, it is based on the thought-school of Swami Vivekananda.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

It was founded on 7 January 1972 in Kanyakumari, India by Eknath Ranade, a senior pracharak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Its current president is A.Balakrishnan.

The organisation has constructed a solid waste management and bio-gas plant in Mahabalipuram.[8]

Vivekananda Kendra received the Gandhi Peace Prize for 2015 for their contribution to rural development, education, development of natural resources.[9]

See also


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Beckerlegge, Gwilym (1 March 2010). "'An ordinary organisation run by ordinary people': a study of leadership in Vivekananda Kendra". Contemporary South Asia. 18 (1): 71–88. doi:10.1080/09584930903561689. ISSN 0958-4935. S2CID 145311756.
  3. ^ Beckerlegge, Gwilym (4 December 2013). "Eknath Ranade, Gurus, and Jīvanvratīs: the Vivekananda Kendra's Promotion of the "Yoga Way of Life"". In Singleton, Mark; Goldberg, Ellen (eds.). Gurus of Modern Yoga. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199938704.001.0001. ISBN 9780199345892.
  4. ^ Kanungo, Pralay (2012). "Fusing the Ideals of the Math with the Ideology of the Sangh? Vivekananda Kendra, Ecumenical Hinduism and Hindu Nationalism". In Zavos, John (ed.). Public Hinduisms. SAGE Publications. ISBN 9788132107408.
  5. ^ Kanungo, Pralay (8 February 2013). "Attempts at appropriation". Frontline.((cite news)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Chatterji, Angana P. (24 July 2016). "The Biopolitics of Hindu Nationalism: Mournings". Cultural Dynamics. doi:10.1177/0921374004047753. S2CID 145785904.
  7. ^ Pandya, Samta P (24 April 2015). "Governmentality and guru-led movements in India". European Journal of Social Theory. 19 (1): 74–93. doi:10.1177/1368431015579977. ISSN 1368-4310. S2CID 147428389.
  8. ^ Prabhu, M. J. (7 September 2011). "Power from waste: Vivekananda Kendra shows the way". The Hindu. Tamil Nadu, India.((cite news)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "President confers Gandhi Peace Prize". All India Radio. 26 February 2019.

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