Narendra Modi says no to inclusion of his life story in school curriculum

The tweets came after several reports in recent days said that Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat were planning to introduce his life story in their school curriculum.



By Sonny Abraham (Reporting from New Delhi)

Published: Sat 31 May 2014, 9:06 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 2:07 AM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made it clear on Friday that he was opposed to the reported moves by some states to include the story of his life, especially his early struggles, in their school curriculum and said he believed that stories of living individuals should not be included in such courses.

“Am reading in the news that some states want to include Narendra Modi’s life struggles as a part of their school curriculum,” Modi said on micro-blogging site Twitter.

“I firmly believe that the life story of living individuals should not be included as a part of the school curriculum,” he said.

“India has a rich history of several stalwarts who made India what it is today. Young minds should read about these greats & emulate them,” he added.

The tweets came after several reports in recent days said that Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat were planning to introduce his life story in their school curriculum. All three states are ruled by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is now in power at the Centre, too, after the recent Lok Sabha elections.

The media reports had quoted Rajasthan Education Minister Kalicharan Saraf as saying before the Lok Sabha elections that, if Modi were voted to power, a chapter on his “remarkable journey to tea boy to Prime Minister” would be introduced in the school curriculum.

“Students will be taught about Modi’s struggle and achievement. Inspirational events from his life would be incorporated in this chapter,” he was quoted as saying.

Later, Madhya Pradesh evinced interest in emulating Rajasthan, with Minister of State for School Education Deepak Joshi saying recently that a proposal in this regard would be submitted to the state school text book standing committee.

Reports on Friday said the Gujarat government was also planning to follow suit by introducing Modi’s life story in the primary school curriculum from next year onwards. Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat for more than 12 years since late 2001 before being sworn in as the 15th Prime Minister of the country on May 26.

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