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    Modi against move to include his life in school books

    May 31, 2014

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday sought to put a stop to the race among Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled States to include a chapter on his life in school text-books by articulating his reservations about the move on Twitter which he uses regularly to connect with people.

    Am reading that some states want to include Narendra Modi’s life struggles as part of their school curriculum. I firmly believe that the life story of living individuals should not be included as a part of the school curriculum. Young minds should read about the great stalwarts of India who made our nation what it is & emulate them,’’ he tweeted from his personal and Prime Minister’s Office Twitter handles, reported the Hindu.


    The governments of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat had announced their intent to include a chapter on  Modi in their school textbooks. With the Prime Minister speaking out against such a move, reports from Gujarat suggest that the State Government has already dropped the proposal.


    Compared to some of  Modi’s tweets on controversial subjects, this time round his comments did not generate an animated debate on Twitter. Actor-turned-politician Vinod Khanna’s wife Kavita Vinod Khanna differed with Modi. Humbly, I disagree with you. Lessons & inspiration are not just from those deceased but living legends too.’’


    While there were some digs at how one political family of the country found mention in textbooks, some said such ``sycophancy’’ must be curbed and others warned that any attempt to include Modi in textbooks at this juncture would appear motivated. ``Time will come when nation will demand this,’’ said one Twitterati while another maintained it was premature to do so now ``but surely if you lead the country as promised.’’ (KH/SI)


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