Modi’s Teacher’s Day speech show not mandatory in Kerala

With Tuesday's decision, it has to be seen how many schools in Kerala would show the prime minister's address.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Published:September 2, 2014 3:53 pm
Elaborate arrangements have been made to take the PM's message to 14,000-odd schools in Kerala. (Source: AP) Elaborate arrangements have been made to take the PM’s message to 14,000-odd schools in Kerala. (Source: AP)

The Congress government in Kerala on Tuesday said it was not mandatory that all schools show or air the Teacher’s Day address of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 5. A decision to that effect was taken in a meeting convened by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

Congress ally Indian Union Muslim League, which is handling the Education Department, has come out against the move to live telecast the PM’s address. The IUML was irked over the Director of Public Instruction, which issued a circular asking all schools to make arrangements for showing Teacher’s Day message of the Prime Minister. Elaborate arrangements have been made to take the PM’s message to 14,000-odd schools in Kerala.

However, IUML protest seems to have forced the government to decide against the schedule. IUML state general secretary K P A Majeed said it was not proper on the part of the DPI to issue the circular.

Since Education is in the concurrent list of the Constitution, the Centre cannot insist that the PM’s address should be shown in all schools. “The PM’s address and the directive to schools have political interests. If Kerala accepts that directive, the state would not be able to withstand the safronisation of education,” said Majeed.

With Tuesday’s decision, it has to be seen how many schools in Kerala would show the prime minister’s address. As per the education department’s schedule, Kerala schools, from lower primary to higher secondary, would be closed for Onam week on Friday. Schools would have Onam celebration before noon on Friday. Normally, children are allowed to go home after the celebration.

Besides, a large chunk of private educational institutions in Kerala are managed by Christian and Muslim organisations.

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    Sep 2, 2014 at 2:41 pm
    Catch them young is the mantra .. Force them to listen well after school hours and focus only in modi on a teachers day where teachers need to be in focus ...
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      Anoop Anoop
      Sep 2, 2014 at 1:41 pm
      And did u ever dare to say No? What else they do in usa? And tell u list how u behave in usa?a be more than an obedient citizen afraid to break the law
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        dhar akula
        Sep 2, 2014 at 12:27 pm
        Politicization of a good event is very unfortunate. PM is a great motivator, good speaker, young generation is very keen to listen to PM's speech. New generation is breaking all boundaries like religious, cast, political affliciations and moving towards Modi mantra, development and development. Cast or religion based political parties(vote bank politics) loosing their base; No surprise why IUML is objecting. God bless them!
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          karthik
          Sep 2, 2014 at 1:49 pm
          It happens only in India that the Prime Ministers decision to speak to students on Teachers Day can create needless controversies.If the PM does not have the right to address his people who has the right then?
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            joseph
            Sep 3, 2014 at 1:09 am
            Its not mandatory anywhere. Why are you spreading rumours ?
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              Ankit Goel
              Sep 2, 2014 at 1:20 pm
              Youngsters study in colleges not in schools.......
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                Kuldeep Saxena
                Sep 2, 2014 at 4:31 pm
                Why the various Political parties, some of the friend from Media are against this. Why people forget the days of Mrs. Indira hi when all the School Childern from all the schools were taken to National Stadium along with the teaching staff were asked to join.But makes them cry if the Indian Prime Minister wishes to Interact with the students how ever it is true-To Catch Them Young. When Mr. Modi can spend time with anese school than who can deny him in his own country.
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                  Abuli
                  Sep 4, 2014 at 11:58 am
                  Knowing fully well that they will lose their pority amongst Children the Detractors of PM are depriving the Budding Brains to get moved by the motivation of a true warrior who could rise from rags to the PMs altar.one who loves India & dares to feel India have the prowess to excel should allow children to have direct interaction with the Head of the Republic of Indiae on friends, be sportive.
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                    Meher
                    Sep 2, 2014 at 12:58 pm
                    My children went to schools in USA where the schools get permission from the parents to listen to the presidents address to the children. Such process should be implemented here in India as well which will avoid the politicization of these nation wide events.
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                      MOBIN BOBAN
                      Sep 3, 2014 at 1:54 am
                      Don't you feel ashamed to say that India should follow other country's policies..many of you go overseas and compare India with countries you live in terms of culture, values, systems, policies etc. Each country has its own values, culture, policies etc. We all know how you live in USA, are you at least allowed to speak something openly,you have to live under one system..
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                        mona Rajput
                        Sep 4, 2014 at 6:18 pm
                        Good you didnt try to disobey the rules there or you'd be shot in the face in that sham of a democracy.
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                          mona Rajput
                          Sep 4, 2014 at 6:15 pm
                          Oh no, thats a bit silly! They should learn how India is doing it this ti e.
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                            Paul Raj
                            Sep 2, 2014 at 11:22 am
                            IUML is still confused over how to react to things in public; perhaps they are not aware of the last lok sabha polls and that Narendra Modi is the Prime Minister of the nation with an outright majority. They scan every public spaces and SAY NO quickly where ever the text "Narendra Modi" is found. Dear minister,cool, Minoritarionism won't work in this country any more. If Islamisation is not allowed then simply habitually call it saffronisation.....Pity.
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                              Joy Philip
                              Sep 2, 2014 at 5:30 pm
                              On teachers day he should talk to teachers. Why students are involved?
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                                Ajit
                                Sep 2, 2014 at 9:29 pm
                                Modi may have bulldozed his colleagues to become PM but what's the point in forcing himself and his speech on unsuspecting students, and that too on Teachers Day, Modi is no teacher and however much he wishes to be, will never be a teacher. The qualities of a teacher are exactly the opposite of the qualities he has. Sorry Modi these ears of young ones are better of without having to hear you!! Yawn 😴
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                                  Ajit
                                  Sep 2, 2014 at 8:36 pm
                                  Modi may have got himself to be PM but school kids should not be MADE to listen to him, he is no teacher and however much he wishes will never be one, qualities of a teacher are exactly opposite to the ones(sic) that he has !!!
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                                    satyam
                                    Sep 4, 2014 at 4:07 pm
                                    ic people creating controversies on even the teacher's day speech. He is working hard, stop being lobsters and give the PM some breathing space. Only in India such dumb controversies happen. Selfish regional parties have compromised even the basic culture of our nation.
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                                      Shayne Haridas
                                      Sep 2, 2014 at 1:10 pm
                                      Things aren't heading in the right direction in Kerala. Time to vote these fools out of power !
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                                        Unnikrishnan R
                                        Sep 2, 2014 at 12:47 pm
                                        This is the height of stupidity! These people should be told that they are not citizens of the United States of Malappuram and that they are nobody to object to the Prime Minister of India talking to Indian children!
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                                          Keralite
                                          Sep 5, 2014 at 3:06 am
                                          A prudent man will think like this-thank you for making all these fuss over a PM addressing children of the country. Now that every school kid and their families know that PM is speaking to them, they can go home from school, relax and watch PM from their homes, in YouTube.
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                                            common
                                            Sep 2, 2014 at 10:14 pm
                                            More loyal than king george. Can an American child dare to demonstrate or disobey school's orders.
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