New Delhi, Sept 04: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said that he came into politics by accident and still saw himself as a teacher of sorts.
"In fact, I still see myself as a teacher of sorts. I have strayed into politics by accident, but I had become a teacher by choice," the 73-year-old Oxford-educated architect of the country`s economic reforms told members of the teaching fraternity at a function here.
Welcoming National Award winning teachers at his residence, Singh said that receiving a teacher at one`s home, "our culture tells us, is an honour and a privilege. I am particularly delighted to be among teachers, having been one myself."
"I know that, today, I am among a very special group of teachers," he said.
Recalling his days in primary school, he said what he had learnt in those days had played a very important role in shaping his outlook. "I remain grateful to my teachers", he said.
PM greets the nation on Onam
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today greeted the nation and in particular people of kerala on the occasion of Onam.
Observing that Onam heralds the beginning of the harvest season and reaffirms the secular traditions of people of Kerala, Singh said that the "festival is an opportunity to celebrate the spirit of unity and brotherhood that underpins our national fabric".