Don't think of me as PM, But as friend: Modi to students

Frederick Owens
February 18, 2018

"They inspired me to keep the student alive in me", he said. Girish Singh, a class 11th student, in a candid conversation, posed a question to PM.

Please forget that you are talking to a Prime minister, consider me your friend says, said PM Modi.

"Parents who impose their own dreams on their children do a big harm to them". He said that he's always been of the belief that learning and studying are the important aspects of a student's life. "Yoga is a wonderful way to improve concentration", he added. "Every child is different".

Stressing the need for making the planet safer, the Prime Minister said,"We are proud of our long history and tradition of harmonious existence between man and nature". In addition to the almost 3000 students who participated in the event at Talkatora stadium, many other students took part through video conference, social media platforms, and TV channels. "Try to be friends with your children".

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Towards the end, when he was asked by a student if he was prepared for the Lok Sabha elections, he said he was confident of passing his "exam next year".

The "Pariksha Pe Charcha" programme comes days after the Prime minister launched his book "Exam Warriors" that lists mantras to help students to stay calm before the examination.

Discussing the goal of creating a carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2030, Modi said it had once seemed hard to many but India had continued with its steady progress on that path. They know how to get their wishes fulfiled in their family. On issue of peer pressure, Modi highlighted the importance of "Anuspardha" (competing with oneself), rather than "Pratispardha" (competing with others).

The speech was webcast on the NIC link of Ministry of Human Resource Development. Besides the regular but most important topics that often either summed up with some teachings or else hardly taken care of, was discussed covering six lakh schools and 35 thousand colleges in India.

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