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"Teacher’s Day Celebrations 2013- Shri Modi answers questions of young students"
"Narendra Modi interacts with over 1.5 crore students through medium of technology"
"CM answers variety of questions on wide range of issues from students"
"Thank you took me back in time: Narendra Modi to students"

On the occasion of Teacher’s Day, Shri Narendra Modi interacted with over 1.5 crore students of Gujarat through technology and answered some of their questions on a wide range of issues ranging from his personal beliefs, his personal habits and issues of governance. Shri Modi answered each question in his quintessential style and shared many anecdotes from the yesteryears. The young children enjoyed the interactive session. On the occasion, Shri Narendra Modi felicitated best teachers from across Gujarat and also paid tributes to former President of India, Dr. S Radhakrishnan.

A girl from Bharuch district asked Shri Modi about the upcoming Statue of Unity and from where he got the idea. Shri Modi shared that this was the best way to commemorate a person who worked towards uniting the nation and added that the Statue of Unity will be double that of USA’s Statue of Liberty. He also pointed that Sardar Patel was a Loh Purush (Iron Man) and a Khedut Putra (Child of a farmer) and thus, the Government is seeking agriculture tools used by farmers from all parts of the country to build this statue.

A girl from Junagadh district questioned Shri Modi on three of his favourite development initiatives in the past decade. Shri Modi replied that this is his toughest exam ever and went on to say that there have been various development works that have touched his heart. “There are so many development works…ask me to find three and I will not pass…tell me to find a thousand and I will pas,” he avowed. He shared he feels equally touched when a widowed mother calls him to say that the 108 service saved her young son’s life as he feels when someone tells him about the success of Jyotigram or when people tell him how SWAGAT initiative has made a difference in their lives.

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Answering a question of a girl from Vadodara on how many times he gets angry in a day and what he does about it, Shri Modi shared that he too is human and is now above the shortcomings that humans have. He went on to opine that anger can be controlled but it is about controlling it at the right moment. Shri Modi rightly said that getting angry on others reflects nothing but a failure of the self. He affirmed that the more one’s patience increases anger decreases.

A young boy asked Shri Modi if he will meet youngsters in Gujarat on 5th September next year after he becomes the Prime Minister, Shri Modi answered, “I am here to serve you till 2017 and that is what I am doing. I will answer your questions not only on 5th September but whenever you ask me.” He opined that he has never worked to become something but only worked to serve society.

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Shri Modi talked at great length about his Mantra of ‘India First’ in answer to a question of a Class XII student from the newly created Aravalli district. He said, “Let us do everything for the nation first! India First! That way we will rise above division and differences.” He urged the people to work with a determination that what they are doing is for the good of the country and went on to state that no work is small.

The Chief Minister was asked about how he celebrates his birthday and whether he accepted any greetings or not. He answered that on his birthday he prefers to give time to himself and that on that day he does not take any calls or meets people. Shri Modi pointed that not celebrating his birthday was something he has been doing since childhood but he told the youngsters that they are most welcome to send him greetings through email or mediums such as social media.

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He went on to talk about how he learnt Yoga while answering a question of a student of Tapi district. Shri Modi affirmed that the best way to remove poverty is education.

A Class VIII girl wanted to know how many siblings Shri Modi had and that whether they fought when they were young. He answered, “I have two elder brothers, two younger brothers and a younger sister. What is the fun if siblings do not fight? There were no daily but hourly fights. But, there is no bitterness in any fight only love and affection.”

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A question was posed to Shri Modi about a picture in which he is dressed like a member of the Sikh Community. The student wanted to know if this photo was real and whether Shri Modi belonged to the Sikh community or not. He told her, “This photo is real but it is not during a play. It is not that I like dressing differently. This photo was in 1975, when the Emergency was imposed and opposition leaders were jailed. That time there was no television, mobile phones or social media. It was as if an entire nation is imprisoned. That time I was working for the RSS and I also had a warrant in my name. We were fighting for democracy. This dress is a memory of the time when we were saving democracy and I am proud of that.”

Shri Modi was questioned whether he liked to stay in a village or in a city by a girl from Kutch district. He answered that the real spirit of India lies in its villages. He also called for greater interaction between youngsters living in villages and the youngsters living and studying in the cities.

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An interesting question was asked by a boy from Anand district- you have to travel with security for the whole day. Do you not get bored of this? In his witty style Shri Modi remarked, “My friend, you have spoken exactly what is in my mind. This bulletproof car is also comfort proof. Travel in it for an hour and see what happens to your back! But this is a professional hazard….”

A girl from Patan district asked Shri Modi on which deities he worships. Shri Modi opined, “We have many deities. Our diversity is our strength. We have believers and non-believers also. We say Jaisa Bhakt, Vaise Bhagwan. A wrestler will serve Lord Hanuman, those who are more interested in money serve Lakshmi ji.” He added, “Personally, I have believed in Shiva and Shakti. I do Shakti Upasna during Navratri. When the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra started, I went there. However, I am not attached to rituals. I am away from that. I feel there are divine blessings that have given me the opportunity to serve common people.”

In the end, Shri Modi stood for photographs with the youngsters and thanked them for taking him back in time. Education Minister Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Principal Secretary Education Shri Tiwari and others were present on the occasion.

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Press Statement by Prime Minister during visit of Prime Minister of New Zealand to India
October 26, 2016
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Your Excellency, Prime Minister John Key,
Members of the delegations,
Members of the media,

I am delighted to welcome Excellency Key to India.

Excellency, I am told that it is now a regular feature for the New Zealand Parliament to celebrate the festival of Diwali and, you yourself have participated in several of these festivities. So, it is a particular pleasure to receive you in India during the festive season.


Prime Minister Key and I have met several times on the sidelines of multilateral summits and today, it is an honour for us to welcome Excellency Key in India on a bilateral visit.

In a little while from now, our cricket teams will take the field in Ranchi for the fourth One Day International. In many ways some of the cricketing terminology reflects progress in our bilateral linkages.

In our ties, we have moved from fielding at Long Off to taking a fresh guard at the batting pitch. Defensive play has given way to aggressive batting.


Prime Minister Key and I have had detailed and productive discussions on all aspects of our bilateral engagement and multilateral cooperation.

Trade and Investment ties have been one of the key areas of our conversation. We both recognized the need for greater economic engagement in order to effectively respond to the growing uncertainties in global economy and, agreed that expanding business and commercial ties should continue to be one of the priority items of our partnership. I am sure that the large business delegation accompanying Prime Minister Key will not only witness firsthand the investment opportunities on offer in India’s growth story. Their interactions will also build new commercial partnerships between our two countries. I would like to mention food processing, dairy and agriculture, and related areas in their supply chain as some of the areas of particular potential for bilateral cooperation. New Zealand’s strength and capacity in these sectors can combine with India’s vast technology needs to build partnerships that can benefit both our societies.

We also agreed that actions by both governments should also promote greater business connectivity, including through movement of skilled professionals, between our two economies and societies. In this regard, we have agreed to continue to work closely towards an early conclusion of a balanced and mutually beneficial Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement.


Along side extensive bilateral engagement, our close cooperation also extends to the global arena. On regional issues, we have agreed to enhance our cooperation, including in the East Asia Summit process. The reform of international governance institutions is a shared priority for us both. We are thankful for New Zealand’s support to India joining a reformed UN Security Council as a permanent member. As we make our own contribution to the developmental efforts of the Pacific Island countries, we will continue to consult closely with New Zealand to complement and supplement each other’s efforts.

I am also thankful to Prime Minister Key for New Zealand’s constructive approach to the consideration of India’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group.


Terrorism remains one of the greatest challenges to global peace and security. Today, the financial, logistical and information networks of terror span the entire globe. The barriers of geography do not safeguard against the threat of radicalization and terrorism. Nations who believe in humanity need to coordinate their actions and policies to counter this threat.

Prime Minister Key and I have agreed to strengthen our security and intelligence cooperation against terrorism and radicalization, including in the domain of cyber security.


The people of New Zealand have expressed their confidence in your leadership time and again and, I can see why.

I thank you, Excellency, for your personal commitment to take our bilateral partnership forward, and to strengthen the bonds of friendship and people to people relations between our countries.

Once again, I extend a warm welcome to you and your delegation, and wish you a productive and successful visit to India.

Thank you.
Thank you very much.