What good has Children's Day done for kids?: Modi
Uttan: Stoking a fresh controversy,
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday sought to know what
good has Children's Day done for kids.
"Jawaharlal Nehru was said to be very fond of kids and
his birthday has been christened as Children's Day. Kids
called him 'Nehru Chacha' and it brings images of a benevolent
Nehru flooding our minds. But what good has it done to the
kids?" Modi asked.
He was speaking at a convention of Chief Ministers of
BJP-ruled states here on the city's outskirts.
"Has it (Children's Day) refurbished the image of kids
who lie in lap of poverty, losing their precious years of
childhood," Modi said.
Has anyone shed a tear for these children who struggle
to get a square meal a day when Children's Day is celebrated?
"Let me contrast it with Lal Bahadur Shastri. He coined
the slogan 'Jai Jawan Jai Kisan' which electrified farmers and
jawans," Modi said.
"Shastriji, unlike Nehru, was not a charismatic leader,
yet his tenure saw India producing record foodgrains," the BJP