Analysis

No politics with students, please !

The ruling BJD in Odisha,  as part of its political strategy, was in denial mode to allow the live television show of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’ to be aired on February 16 for students in government-run secondary schools in the state.

The PM, who despite all aspersions thrown at him by his bitter political rivals, – is admired even by his greatest foes for his great and genuine speeches that inspire millions across the world. His ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’ was an exam stress buster and would have immensely benefitted the students of the state.

While many schools, including the ones in the state capital Bhubaneswar, – were eager to make arrangements for airing of the show at their premises, indirect efforts were made to dissuade them from making arrangements for the shows, depriving the students of wisdom of the great man.

Some schools cancelled the programmes in the pretext that they were informed about the show in the last minute and others took plea that the Class X students in their schools did not show interest to watch it as they were preparing for their forthcoming examinations.

All the 62 Kendriya Vidyalaya schools and DAV Schools and many other private schools in the state aired the show.

From Odisha, Debabrata Singh, a Class-XI student of Kendriya Vidyalaya 1 was invited to the event venue, Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi after his poster on stress-free exam was adjudged third at all India level. The PM appreciated the poster and wished him success in life.

It was, in fact, an honour to Odisha.

The PM Modi interacted with thousands of students from across the country and addressed their examination-related concerns at Talkatora Stadium in the national capital.

He shared with the students some mantras that would help them to prosper in their career.

Mr 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.

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.”

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 observed.

Learn to “defocus” before you can focus, was another suggestion by PM Modi. “Let yourself loose, do what want to do. It will help you focus.”

The interactive session, also being dubbed as “Exam Ki Baat”, was organised days after the prime minister launched his book “Exam Warriors”, which is a collection of anecdotes from his growing up years and lists mantras to help students to stay calm before the examination.

“Trying to become someone is a conventional path…. Take the road less travelled,” he says in this self-help guide. He also urged students to “be warriors, not worriers”. “Treat exams like festivals” and “a happy mind is the secret of a good mark sheet” are among other suggestions.

Let’s examine this fact, how useful it would have been for the students had they watched the show live. They would have discussed the content of the PM’s speech with their teachers present in the hall which had given them more insights. It would have been a great learning curve of over a million Odia students.

“Shielding the students against big exposure like PM’s ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’ is surely an  injustice to them and it should not have been done,” say experts.

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