I was a Naughty Child: President

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New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee turned teacher on the eve of Teacher’s Day and reached out to students in Delhi on Friday. The President imparted a lesson of country’s political history to the students.

This is for the first time that an Indian President has interacted with students on the eve of teachers’ day. Here is what the President said: –

  • 93% of expenses come from India’s own pockets, not from borrowed resources. Majority of money is spent on development for people: President
  • PV Narasimha Rao’s contribution in economic liberalization needs to be recognized: President
  • They find fault in policies. Maybe that’s accurate: President
  • Many people complain that our economic progress hasn’t been fast enough: President.
  • I went from a village boy in an obscure area to the centre of politics. Democracy gives that chance to common people: President
  • Democracy gives opportunity to common people to fulfil their aspirations: President
  • I am explaining history as I have seen it: President
  • The establishment of multi-party democratic system with Parliamentary form of govt was an imp event: President
  • To me, as a child, development was a road. Today, a road is taken for granted:Pranab
  • For the first time through this Constitution, we the Indian people have the right to make our own laws: President
  • There were difficulties in college. We read with kerosene lamps, sat on the mat, we didn’t have desks: President
  • I was an average student from backward area: Pranab
  • My mother pushed me to work hard: President
  • As a kid I was a very naughty boy. I used to walk 5 kms everyday to go to school: Pranab
  • Today I will explain to you how the Constitution was drafted: Pranab
  • Till today I have the urge of teaching somewhere: President Pranab Mukherjee

The President interacted with the students of Class XI and XII of Dr Rajendra Prasad Sarvodhya Vidhalaya, which is located in the Presidential Estate.

As per PTI, the students assembled on the ‘Knowledge floor’ and listened to their new teacher. Later on, the President will also address nearly 100 teachers.

The idea was mooted by none other than Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

The President liked the idea and gave his consent for the same.

In fact, the Delhi government has even been advertising for the President’s class.

September 5 is celebrated as Teachers’ Day in memory of birth anniversary of former president Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.