The Indian Prime Minister was more than enthusiastic to interact with the students on the occasion of Teacher’s Day, who asked him questions from all walks of life. Narendra Modi went on to explain to them the importance of ideation and living life to the fullest with hard work. Excited about the idea of interacting with the Prime Minister on the occasion of Teacher’s Day, students flooded Narendra Modi with questions on a variety of subjects.
The most basic came from a student who asked, “How did you feel when you left Gandhinagar to come to Delhi?” Modi replied by saying that he has not had the time to see Delhi. But thanks to his experience as a Chief Minister, the role of PM has not been too difficult. “The issues might have changed, the horizon expanded, and responsibilities increased and we have to work harder now, but it has not been very tough. But yes, now we have to be very careful about the words we use, because it can harm the country. Let’s see if there is much change in the future.”
In an effort to absorb from the experiences of Modi, a student sought to know what the biggest contributor to his life has been – experience or teachers. The PM said that although we are taught that experience is the biggest teacher, if one does not get the right teaching and values, experiences or situations can even destruct you. “It depends on how you are trained to absorb it,” he said.
The high points of the interaction came when a child clearly asked Modi how one could become the Prime Minister of a country. The Prime Minister said that sensitivity to serve your nation and its people teamed with hard work and passion can enable any son of this soil to reach the country’s highest chair, and there will be no stopping that person. On a lighter note, he also remarked that he would remain on the post till 2024 and that the student should start preparing for elections thereafter.
Modi also told students that most people are unhappy because they dream of ‘becoming’ something and not of ‘doing’ something. Encouraging students to dream and do something in life, he said, “In the course, when you achieve something, it is a great satisfaction.”
One quality of that the PM attributed his success to is the fact that he is a taskmaster; the fact that he believes in performance, work, and discipline, not just for others, but for himself before anybody else. The PM said that views and thought process of the new generation lifted his spirits and said in reply to a child that everybody in life is searching for the answer to who he is and the day we discover ourselves, it is one of the greatest things.
And moving towards a larger world view for delivering results, Modi gave an example from his Japan visit where he greatly admired the optimum use of technology. “While teaching is negligible, focus is on learning,” he said.
The Prime Minister also expressed concern about hygiene conditions in school, the environment, educating the girl child and other vital issues in the field of education that can change the course of our country’s future.