On September 11, 1893, Swami Vivekananda, the world-renowned Indian philosopher and Hindu teacher, gave his famous introductory speech at the World Parliament of Religions.
Vivekananda's iconic Chicago speech propagated religious tolerance, harmony and UNIVERSAL BROTHERHOOD.
He discarded the idea of religious supremacy and propagated a message of not only mutual tolerance but also religious acceptance, while critically defining both and differentiating between the two as well. An argument in favour of religious tolerance and accommodation as opposed to self-righteousness and bigotry, was aptly illustrated by Swamiji in the story of the “Frog in the Well” (Kupamanduka). In essence, Swami Vivekananda emphasised the acceptance of religious pluralism embedded in Hinduism.