Surprising everyone on Friday, May 30, Modi tweeted, "Am reading in the news that some states want to include Narendra Modi's life struggles as a part of their school curriculum."
He also added, "I firmly believe that the life story of living individuals should not be included as a part of the school curriculum." The Prime Minister's tweet surfaced hours after news reports which stated that ministers from Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat expressed their desires to include Modi's life history in school syllabus.
I firmly believe that the life story of living individuals should not be included as a part of the school curriculum.
I firmly believe that the life story of living individuals should not be included as a part of the school curriculum.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 30, 2014
However, Modi opposed the idea while claiming, "India has a rich history of several stalwarts who made India what it is today. Young minds should read about these greats & emulate them."
Earlier Gujarat Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama was quoted as saying, "We have decided to include all important chapters of Modi's life into the syllabus of primary schools."
Continuing his statement, the minister said, "The chapters may include events starting from his birth, his humble family background, school days, how he faced struggle at different stages of his life and what are the circumstances behind his decision to become a monk."
He also added, "These events will be included in the syllabus of primary schools, such as fifth, sixth and seventh standard. We will form a committee to prepare the list of all the important and inspiring events to be included in syllabus. Since this initiative is at a primary stage, the new syllabus will come into effect only in 2015-16."
Earlier Rajasthan Education Minister Kali Charan Saraf too had claimed that he would consider incorporating Modi's biography in school text books, if the latter became the Prime Minister after the ongoing Lok Sabha polls.