Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with the students of Class 10 and 12. An interactive session named “Pariksha Par Charcha”, also being dubbed as “Exam Ki Baat” has been organised at Delhi’s Talkatora Stadium. Lakhs of students from across the country participated in this interaction
PM Modi interacted with thousands of students from across the country and addressed their examination-related concerns at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi and complimented them for being “born politicians”. “They know how to get their work done.”
Before he took questions from the students, he said “it was his exam today”, and thanked his teachers for whom he is “still a student”. “They inspired me to keep the student alive in me,” PM Modi said.
Answering a question on how to handle the stress some students undergo even after preparation, Modi said, “We all prepare honestly but if we don’t have confidence, we tend to forget things at the last minute. Self confidence comes by challenging ourselves and working hard. We should always think of bettering ourselves. People think concentration is a major thing that has to be learnt. But that is not true. Everyone throughout the day does something which requires complete concentration,” he said. “Today, I am a student and you are my examiner. You can give me marks out of 10 later. Don’t think of me as the prime minister but as a friend,” Modi said during the interaction.
When asked about how to maintain self-confidence, he said, “Self-confidence is very important. It’s not a pill or herb. There is no tablet that can be consumed for instant confidence. We have to build it every day.”
PM Modi recalled when he was student, he read Swami Vivekananda’s writings who said that you may have the blessings of all the gods and goddesses, but if you don’t believe in yourself, then all those blessings are futile.
He asked the students not to compete with others, and advised parents not to put unnecessary pressure on their wards by comparing them with other children. “Every child is different. Try to find out what they are good at and don’t force your dreams on them. Try to be friends with your children,” he said.
He spoke about the importance of a healthy balance between IQ (intelligence quotient) and EQ (emotional quotient). “Emotional bonding is essential for your overall development. It helps in forging relationships. Intelligence without an emotional connect is worthless. IQ might help you achieve success, but EQ gives you a purpose in life,” he added.
When questioned by one student on how he was preparing for the next Lok Sabha elections which were like a test for him, the Prime Minister told the student that he should be a journalist for asking such questions.
In response, Modi smiled and said that had he been the student’s teacher, he’d advise him to become a journalist because only a journalist could’ve thrown him such a tricky question.