Prime Minister Narendra Modi today had a witty response when asked about the criticism he faces by the members of various opposition parties.
Responding to a student at the 'Pariksha Pe Charcha' event, the Prime Minister said "criticism is like purification in a democracy".
"The question is out of the syllabus. I have a conviction that criticism is an absolute condition and a Shuddhi Yagna for a prosperous democracy," PM Modi said.
He interacted with lakhs of students and addressed their queries at the sixth edition of 'Pariksha Pe Charcha' - an annual interaction he has with students ahead of board examinations.
Underlining the difference between positive criticism and "unnecessary interruption", PM Modi advised parents against putting undue pressure on children over marks.
"If you are hardworking and honest, then you should not care about the criticisms because they become your strength," he told the students.
He asked them to stay focused on their goals.
"Expectations from family are natural, but if the family is looking at social status, then it's not healthy. Do not be suppressed by pressures. Stay focused," he said.
"Think, Analyse, Act, and then give your best to achieve what you aspire for," the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister also explained the importance of time management to students. "Time management is important not only for examinations but also in your daily life. Just prioritise your work. If you observe your mother, then you will understand how to manage your time well," he said.
He also spoke strongly against using unfair means in exams.
"Some students use their creativity for 'cheating' in exams. If those students use their time and creativity in a good way, they will achieve success. We should never opt for shortcuts in life," the Prime Minister said.
PM Modi asked the students to not get distracted by technology and adopt "digital fasting" once a week. "People in India spend an average of 6 hours on screen. Keep a separate time allotted when you will use mobile for interaction on social media platforms," he said.
Over 38 lakh students registered this year for participation in Pariksha Pe Charcha, out of which more than 16 lakh are from state boards.