Politicians and their birthdays

I think very highly of Jawahar Lal, but there’s something megalomaniac about politicians and their birthdays…

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Which is not to say Nehru’s investment in children was insincere or cyncila like Modi’s communication strategies…

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A prime minister celebrating his birthday as children’s day is for me, a lot less problematic than a president celebrating his birthday as Teacher’s day.

Chacha Modi should abolish Teachers’ Day

Photo credit: NarendraModi.in
Photo credit: NarendraModi.in

For Scroll.in on 3 September 2014

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan became India’s second President in May 1962. Some months later, some of his friends, admirers and sycophants told him that they would like to celebrate his birthday, which fell on September 5. That was when the scholar-president said that he’d prefer if it were instead celebrated as Teachers’ Day. After all, Radhakrishnan had blazed a path as a respected teacher, holding positions in several prestigious institutions, including Madras Presidency College, the University of Calcutta, Oxford and Benaras Hindu University. Continue reading “Chacha Modi should abolish Teachers’ Day”