Goa Congress slams Modi’s Teachers’ Day telecast

The Congress has questioned as to why children should be forced to view it in school, as they can watch it at home.

By: Press Trust of India | Panaji | Published:September 4, 2014 12:36 pm
 The young and innocent children are being dragged into political compulsion by the 'Modi-fied' government, said Kamat. The young and innocent children are being dragged into political compulsion by the ‘Modi-fied’ government, said Kamat.

Even as almost all Goa schools are gearing up to show live telecast of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address on Teachers’ Day tomorrow, Congress has questioned the “forceful viewing of the telecast.”

“Such action by the (education) department will not come until and unless there is order from higher-ups. This order is politically motivated. It is like forcing students to watch the telecast,” Congress’ Goa unit spokesman Durgadas Kamat alleged.

The state education department issued a circular asking all heads of the government, government-aided, unaided, non-government primary, secondary and higher secondary schools to arrange for viewing of the PM’s address tomorrow from 2.30 PM to 4.45 PM.

The schools which have opened after the seven-day Ganesh festival vacation today will have to arrange for a television set, and report back to the department. The circular, regarding the telecast, has been issued by education department’s deputy director Ramkrishna Samant, and also by Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan.

The Congress has questioned as to why children should be forced to view it in school, as they can watch it at home. “This order is politically motivated. The young and innocent children are being dragged into political compulsion by the ‘Modi-fied’ government,” Kamat alleged. “This is just a beginning and trailer of this government, the entire picture is yet to be unfolded,” he said. “This clearly looks like India is going the Taliban way,” he further alleged.

“If government wants children to see PM’s address, a message could have been sent that he is addressing on television. The children could watch it at their homes too,” he said.

Meanwhile, the education department has said all the schools will telecast the address on Friday.

“The circular was issued on August 28. There was enough time for the schools to arrange for TV sets. The schools have responded back saying that the arrangements are in place,” said a senior education department official. Earlier, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani had made it clear that the students’ participation in the interaction was “voluntary”.

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    Hemant
    Sep 6, 2014 at 7:34 am
    LOL... amazing how you can see the worst in every situation. Emergency? Were you even born then? Do you know what it was like? This kind of pointless criticism and badgering has made him the PM of India - have you people learnt nothing? Reverse psychology - the more you tell people he is bad - without any concrete proof... the more people will rebel against you and believe that he is good. By the way I think he is a normal person, who is being demonized by some really sad and out of depth Congress supporters like yourself. Just saying! Teacher = Guru and Celebration = Utsav. Happy Guru Utsav to all!
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    Hemant
    Sep 6, 2014 at 7:29 am
    Preeti... you need to chill. You are talking as if Modi is not an elected person, but a selected person like Manmohan. All this drum beating will get you nothing. The more you oppose Modi, the more you will drive people towards him. Criticizing him for the sake of opposition is just pointless. Use your brain power and your literary strength for the right causes. If he does anything (not just your perception) to hurt India - then it will make sense to criticize him - otherwise like I said earlier... chill.
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    mona Rajput
    Sep 4, 2014 at 9:52 pm
    Happy Guru Utsav everyone!! May you be blessed with wonderful teachers, mentors and guides, may you continue to learn, and may you continue to respect those that play a big role in giving you wisdom.
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    velaler.com velaler
    Sep 4, 2014 at 3:33 pm
    Forcing school children has never been the case in democratic countries,let alone India.It will prove counter productive like emergency of 1975.
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    preeti
    Sep 5, 2014 at 8:12 am
    Congress should be extremely aggressive and shed their inhibitions. A second freedom movement is required against Autocracy, Religious bigotry and Hegemony.Simply drum beating past and accusing the rulers will not be sufficient. Spreading awareness at the ground level with village to village yatra's/interactions is required to bring back the nation from the brink of annihilation. Nation needs leaders like Annie besant, Womesh C Banerjee, Mahatma hi in the very immediate future. INC has the capability to produce and can do. We shall overcome, we shall overcome ... Sooner the better.
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    preeti
    Sep 9, 2014 at 5:42 am
    I am Namo's biggest supporter, voted for him. But, the way RSS chief, Yogi Adityanath and other's are speaking. I am loosing faith on BJP very fast.
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