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Ramakrishna Mission was told to cancel my Chicago programme: Mamata

IANS  |  Kolkata 

on Tuesday alleged that "evil forces" threatened the Mission, forcing it to cancel her trip to to celebrate the 125th historic speech there.

"I think some evil forces had hatched a conspiracy. They did not want Mission to organise the programme there. They also didn't want us, people of Bengal, to attend it. It pained me and saddened me a lot," Banerjee told the 125th anniversary celebration of the Swami's speech. She was speaking at the Mission's global in neighbouring district.

Banerjee said she would not blame the for the withdrawal of the invitation as the organisation was threatened in various ways.

"I know the reason behind the cancellation of the invitation from which ultimately led to the cancellation of my visit to the hall where had delivered the speech.

"I will not blame as I am aware that they were threatened in different ways. They cannot say all this, but I can.

"So what that I couldn't go to Chicago? I am privileged to be here where attained sainthood," she said.

The Ramakrishna Mission had invited Banerjee to be the Chief Guest at the event which was to be held on August 26 at the

However, Banerjee had to call off her scheduled trip after the organisers wrote to her that the event had been cancelled due to "unforeseen difficulties" and "demise of a monk".

Reading an excerpt from Vivekananda's work, she said that Indian was not only tolerant towards all religions but it believed in the truth of all religions.

"He had clearly said that tolerance is the main essence of Hindu religion," she said.

But "these days many people try to dictate to people what should be worn or eaten and who all will live (in or not). But ... we follow the path shown by leaders like Ramakrishna and Vivekananda. So, there should not be any religious discrimination, but there must be unity."



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First Published: Tue, September 11 2018. 19:30 IST