Modi plays mes­sages, re­frains from talk­ing about stu­dents’ is­sues

Crick­eter Sachin Ten­dulkar, chess cham­pion Vish­wanathan Anand roped in to give stu­dents tips on ex­ams

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - NATION - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

NEW DELHI: From crick­eter Sachin Ten­dulkar to for­mer chess cham­pion Vish­wanathan Anand to sci­en­tist CNR Rao, PM Naren­dra Modi played mes­sages of In­dian icons to ad­dress con­cerns of exam-bound stu­dents, but him­self re­mained silent on the raging stu­dents’ is­sues in his lat­est “Mann ki Baat” on Sun­day.

Modi’s monthly ra­dio talk show came amid his gov­ern­ment and party’s con­fronta­tion with the Op­po­si­tion’s over stu­dent is­sues re­lated to the JNU and the Hy­der­abad univer­sity. At least three Op­po­si­tion par­ties have also de­cided to move a mo­tion of breach of priv­i­lege against the Union HRD min­is­ter Sm­riti Irani on Mon­day, be­fore gov­ern­ment pre­sents its third gen­eral bud­get.

The PM, how­ever, used the plat­form to reach out to stu­dents, giv­ing them tips to bat­tle exam stress. He un­der­lined stu­dents should have a “pos­i­tive ap­proach” and a “free and calm mind with­out any anx­i­ety” while ap­pear­ing for the ex­ams. He also asked par­ents not to put pres­sure on them.

But Congress re­acted to Hindi preacher Mu­rari Bapu’s pep talk in the talk show. “If dodgy god­men with du­bi­ous aca­demic cre­den­tials are the idols that the Pmholds out to stu­dents, then God held India,” said Man­ish Te­wari.

Ten­dulkar spoke on how to man­age the pres­sure of ex­pec­ta­tions while Anand talked about how to fo­cus on the ex­ams, draw­ing from their own pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ences. The PM even in­voked writer JK Rowl­ing and in­ven­tor of elec­tric­ity Thomas Edi­son to point out suc­cess can come af­ter a se­ries of fail­ures.

“Stu­dents should care about their health. Dis­ci­pline is im­por­tant – those who are unorganised and in­dis­ci­plined waste enough and are tense,” he said. This was his sec­ond at­tempt in a week to reach out to the stu­dent com­mu­nity. He had ear­lier in­ter­acted with stu­dents in BHU.

RO­HIT UM­RAO/HT PHOTO

PM Naren­dra Modi and other lead­ers at­tend the Kisan Swab­hi­maan Rally in Bareilly, Ut­tar Pradesh, on Sun­day.

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