Narendra Modi disapproves inclusion of his life struggle in school textbooks

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today tweeted his disapproval over including his life story in the school curriculum. Some Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) governed states had proposed of including a chapter of Narendra Modi’s life in school textbooks. His tweet clarifying the issue reads:

Am reading in the news that some states want to include Narendra Modi’s life struggles as a part of their school curriculum.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 30, 2014


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

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 30, 2014

There were reports in the media that BJP-ruled states like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan had earlier proposed to include Modi’s life struggles- from being a tea seller to the Prime Minister of India, in the textbooks. While Gujarat education department announced their proposal; Madhya Pradesh government on other hand was also planning to include the chapter for classes III to VI.

Madhya Pradesh School Education Minister Paras Jain had said, “We have been teaching lives of great kings and freedom fighters to the school children. But now we are considering to introduce chapter on life of Narendra Modi. Everybody knows how inspirational his life has been. Learning from the life of living icon will be set examples for the students.”

Narendra Modi, who is known for his tech-savvy approach, took to social media to express his displeasure. He further tweeted:

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

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 30, 2014