New Delhi: Shortly after Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with nearly 800 students from nine states, President Pranab Mukherjee himself turned teacher on Friday and taught school students about the country's political history.
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: -
- My mother, teachers are responsible for what I am today: President
- My best teacher was my mother: President
- I'm not accustomed to it. I don't use it very often: President on social media
- A teacher gives himself to the students and the job of a student is to draw from him as much as possible: President
- Don't take me as a President, call me 'Mukherjee Sir': President
- You can tell me frankly if you are bored of what I said: President
- President takes a pause, inquires students if his speech was boring.
- First General Elections in 1952 had many sceptics: President
- When the job of making Constitution was over in November, why wait till January 26 to celebrate Republic Day, asks President.
- President explains the significance of third battle of Panipat in creating first East India Company, then the British Empire.
- 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
- 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
- These two words secular and socialist were added through 44th amendment in 1975
- The first job of the Constituent assembly was to elect a president: President
- There were 300 members, elected in a very complicated manner: President
- It took three years to draft the constitution: President
- The constitution gave Indian people power to make their own laws
- For the first time through this Constitution, we the Indian people have the right to make our own laws: President
- The Constitution starts with - 'We the people of India -': President
- Today I will explain to you how the Constitution was drafted: Pranab
- There were difficulties in college. We read with kerosene lamps, sat on the mat, we didn't have desks: President
- I am explaining history as I have seen it: President
- I was an average student from backward area: Pranab
- My mother pushed me to work hard: President
- I used to tie a towel around my waist and another on my head to protect my books and belongings: President
- As a kid I was a very naughty boy. I used to walk 5 kms everyday to go to school: 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 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.