Compete with yourself: Modi tells students

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 17 Feb 2018 08:18:24


Delhi Bureau and Agencies,


PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Friday interacted with students from across the country over exams and said they should compete with themselves instead of competing with others.

“You should compete with yourself. Stop competing with others and start competing with yourself,” Modi said in response to questions from students.

The interactive session which is being held at Talkatora Stadium here, is called “Pariksha pe Charcha”. It has been organised days after the Prime Minister launched his book “Exam Warriors”, a collection of anecdotes from his growing up years.

During the interaction, he told the students they were not talking to the Prime Minister of India but to a friend. Some students urged the Prime Minister to make their parents understand that they should not put too much pressure on them for good marks.

Modi asked the students not to doubt the intention of their parents, and also said parents should not put the burden of their own dreams on their children.The Prime Minister said marks should not be made a social status. Modi also remembered his own teachers and thanked them. “They inspired me to keep the student alive in me,” he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he considers himself an outsider in politics and that he is not a politician from within.
“I entered politics rather late. A lot of people are not able to accept it,” he said during an interaction with students in his ‘Pariksha pe Charcha” programme here.

“I am in the political system but I am not a politician by nature. My nature is to do something.” The remark came when he was asked by a Class 11 student if he was ready for his board exams - the next Lok Sabha election. Modi said he had the “blessings” of 1.25 crore Indians and election results were just a “by-product” of the work he does. “Are you prepared for your exam or are you a bit nervous?” asked Dilip, a student from Delhi’s Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya.

Modi responded: “I always believe that you keep studying, trying to learn, and keep all focus on learning. Make the student inside you as energetic as possible. Make this your lifestyle... Exam, result and marks should be a by-product.

He quoted a line from a poem of former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee - ‘haar nahi manunga’ (I will not accept defeat). “Everyone should have such thinking,” Modi added.
Tamil oldest language: PM: TAMIL is the oldest and a beautiful language, PM Narendra Modi said on Friday, regretting that he was not able to speak it. “Tamil is the oldest language. It is older than Sanskrit and is beautiful. I can only say ‘vanakkam’ (greeting) and I regret I cannot go beyond this,” he said in a chat here with school students.