Don’t include my life story in schoolbooks: Modi

May 31, 2014 - 1:41:09 am

New Delhi: The Gujarat government wanted to devote a few chapters in its school syllabus to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s life, but he ruled it out yesterday.

“Am reading in the news that some states want to include Narendra Modi’s life struggles as a part of school curriculum. I firmly believe the life story of living individuals should not be included as part of the school curriculum,” Modi tweeted.

The young pupils in school should instead read about the stories of “several stalwarts” who worked as pioneers to make India as it stands today, he said. “India has a rich history of several stalwarts who made India what it is today. Young minds should read about these greats and emulate them,” Modi said.

The Bharatiya Janata Party governments in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh were planning to include his life story in the school syllabus.

The Gujarat government had on Thursday said it has decided to include all important chapters of Modi’s life into the syllabus of primary schools. The Madhya Pradesh government had also said that lessons on Modi’s life may be included in the school curriculum.

PM meets governors, ministers

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a stream of visitors yesterday that included governors of four states and several cabinet ministers. “Today Honourable Governors of several states and Ministers called on Prime Minister @narendramodi at South Block,” tweeted the prime minister’s office.

Among those who called on Modi were Telugu Desam Party chief N. Chandrababu Naidu, Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra, Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan, his Haryana and Manipur counterparts, Jagannath Pahadia and V K Duggal, respectively. Road, Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde, Steel Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati and Minister of State (independent charge) for Power Piyush Goyal were among those who called on Modi.

The meetings were courtesy visits and took place in the South Block office of the prime minister, PMO officials said.

Naidu, who is also chief minister-elect of the residuary Andhra Pradesh and Vohra also met Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

New House to meet from June 4 to 11

New Delhi: The 16th Lok Sabha will convene from June 4 to June 11 for its first session, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said. “The 16th Lok Sabha will convene from June 4-11,” Naidu told reporters after a meeting of the union cabinet.

“The swearing in of the new members will take place June 4 and June 5. The election of the speaker will take place June 6,” he said, adding President Pranab Mukherjee will address the joint session of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha June 9 and the motion of thanks to the president’s address will be on June 10-11. Naidu said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reply to the discussion on the president’s address in both houses of parliament. The Rajya Sabha will convene with the joint session June 9. IANS