Pariksha Pe Charcha: Modi urges to tackle depression

Pariksha Pe Charcha: Modi urges to tackle depression

Prime minister Narendra Modi interacts with students during the Pariksha Pe Charcha 2.0 in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Video grab)

Prime minister Narendra Modi's annual interaction with students, who are going to face exams in the coming months, began at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Modi requested parents not to expect their unfulfilled dreams to be fulfilled by their children.

"Parents who try to impose their unfulfilled wishes on their kids are a failure. They must try to recognise the potential in their children. As far as expectations are concerned, we also feel like working hard when there are expectations," said the prime minister.

He gave answers to queries from students, teachers and parents.

As an answer to a question from a parent on video games, Modi said, "the PlayStation is good but never forget the playing field." He also added, "I will not say exposure to technology is a bad thing for students."

"Clarity of thought and conviction are essential. Yes, science and maths are essential but there are other subjects too worth exploring. There are opportunities in so many areas now," Modi replied to a query on the importance of Maths and Science over others.

Modi told students that the education system should not be shortened to exams. "Our learning cannot be reduced to exams only. Our education must equip us to face various challenges of life as well," he said.

"In a nation like ours, the subject of depression is very worrying. Our culture has mechanisms to cope with this. The more we talk openly about aspects relating to depression and mental health, it is better. We must always express, never suppress," said Modi as a solution for depression due to stress.

Further, he added, "a person does not always get depressed all of a sudden. There are signs that show a person is heading into the depression. Ignoring these signs is not a good idea. On the contrary, we must talk about this. Counselling is not a bad thing. Talking about one's problems is very good."

Named as 'Pariksha Pe Charcha', it is the second time Modi is interacting with students to motivate the young generation. Modi's interaction last year was attended by students from Delhi-NCR.

However, this year, students, teachers and parents from various parts of the country and outside gathered in Delhi stadium and watched the webcast.

Audience took selfies with the prime minister after the interaction.

Last year, Modi has penned a book 'Exam Warriors' giving examples from his life as motivation to students.