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Schoolchildren react to seeing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi walking among them after he delivered his Independence Day speech from The Red Fort in New Delhi on August 15, 2015. This is far from the first time that Modi has turned his hand to writing. — AFP pic Schoolchildren react to seeing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi walking among them after he delivered his Independence Day speech from The Red Fort in New Delhi on August 15, 2015. This is far from the first time that Modi has turned his hand to writing. — AFP pic NEW DELHI, July 5 — The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has penned a book containing advice and support for children and young adults in the run-up to the stressful exam period.

Prime Minister and author

The Prime Minister’s as-yet-untitled book, to be published by Penguin Random House India, is set to be published later this year in multiple languages.

It is far from the first time that Modi has turned his hand to writing: he is the author of over a dozen previous works varying from Patraroop ShriGuruji — a combination of letters and lectures, to poetry entitled Aankh aa dhanya chhe and the children’s book Rashtrapati Bhavan: From Raj to Swaraj.”

PM Modi offers exam stress advice

This latest offering aims to provide helpful advice to children approaching the exam period, especially the All India Secondary School Examination (Class X, aged 15) and the All India Senior School Certificate Examination (Class XII, aged 16-18). With what is described as an informal tone, the Prime Minister’s book offers solutions for dealing with stress, how to perform best during an exam, to “prioritise knowledge over marks, and how to take responsibility for the future.”

Modi was inspired to write the book from hosting a weekly live radio show called Mann Ki Baat, in which he responds to young people’s questions. The idea to compile his thoughts came after repeatedly being asked about exam stress and pressure on young adults. In a statement, he explained: “I have chosen to write on a subject that is close to my heart, and one that is fundamental to my vision for a youth-driven and youth-led tomorrow.”

The book will be produced in collaboration with the non-profit Bluekraft Digital Foundation as part of an ongoing campaign entitled De-stressing Our Children which aims to use techno-socio innovations to combat the increasing pressure on young people in the world. Bluekraft hopes to provide solutions that will enable readers of the book to interact and collaborate on a global scale. — AFP

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