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Pariksha Pe Charcha: PM Modi discusses depression, importance of exams
'Pariksha Pe Charcha': Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with over 2,000 students, teachers and parents
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked parents not to expect their children to fulfil their unfulfilled dreams as he interacted with a number of students, teachers and parents in the second edition of "pariksha pe charcha". Modi spoke to them about studies and examination-related issues at the event held in Talkatora stadium in New Delhi. Students from all over India as well as Indian students residing abroad, including in Russia, Nigeria, Iran, Nepal, Doha, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Singapore, participated in the event.
"I would request parents, do not expect your children to fulfil your unfulfilled dreams. Every child has his or her own potential and strengths... It is important to understand these positives of every child," he said.
He also described the townhall as a "mini-India, a place where we have in our midst the future of India".
The prime minister said technology should lead to expansion of the mind and be seen as a means to innovate, but, he also asked students not to forget the playing field.
PM Modi also spoke on depression and suggested ways to combat the menace. Modi said, "a person does not always get depressed all of a sudden. There are signs that show a person is heading into depression."
"Ignoring these signs is not a good idea. On the contrary, we must talk about this", he said.
Modi had held his first such interaction with the students last year in February. Earlier that month, he had released his book "Exam Warriors" -- a guide to help students battle the exam anxiety.
Here's what PM Modi said in "Pariksha Pe Charcha"