Prime Minister Narendra Modi today shared his thoughts on number of themes and issues in his Mann ki Baat programme on All India Radio (AIR)

Prime Minister urged students, teachers and parents to share their thoughts and experience.

In his first radio address to the nation in 2017, PM said “We will observe a silence of 2 minutes on morning of 30 Jan to pay respect to martyrs who gave their lives for the nation.Congratulate families and personnel who won gallantry awards on R-Day. I urge youth to reserch on them by using internet&spread the word.”

“My condolence to the brave jawans who lost their lives due to avalanche in Jammu and Kashmir.In the light of recent Republic day celebrations I’d say the stress laid on rights must also be laid on duties.30 Jan is the punya-tithi of our respected Baapu”.

Do not think about exams as pressure, they should be celebrated as festivals.I will tell all students smile more and score more. During exams there should be an environment of festivity, it will turn P for pressure into P for pleasure. When you are relaxed, the recall value will be more; Relaxation is the best tonic for memory. A happy mind is the secret of a good mark sheet.The exams that you’ll give are a test of this year not of a lifetime.

We sometimes do not see exams in the right perspective.Exams are not a benchmark of your success in life.See example of President Kalam, he wasn’t able to get into the forces, if he would’ve let it hamper him, we wouldn’t have had a great man like him

You should compete with yourself to see how can tomorrow be made better than yesterday.Only studying for marks will lead to shortcuts and one will limit himself or herself; It’s important to study for knowledge.

See the example of Sachin Tendulkar, for 20 years he kept breaking his own records hence getting better everytime. Look at life of Sachin Tendulkar; he kept challenging himself and bettered his own records, which is what is inspiring.

Competing with others can make you unhappy and jealous. Complete with yourself and you will be energised & more determined to excel.Root of problems are expectations, it is acceptance that makes things easy. Urge parents to accept rather than expect; Our expectations from our children should not get heavy.

Parents’ expectations are much heavier than the school bags of students.Cheating is never beneficial, no one must resort to it. If you do it what will you tell your children? Take small breaks, return to books feeling fresh. Try deep breathing it is very relaxing.P for prepare and P for play, the person who plays, shines.Deep breathing is beneficial during exams, it’ll keep you feeling fresh; Proper sleep will increase your concentration.

1 Feb 2017 marks 40 years of Indian Coast Guard , I congratulate them for it. They are always vigilant. They not only look after coastal vigilance but also coastal cleanliness, as they under took a cleanliness drive last year. We only think about our rights but forget our responsibilities. Not many know that our Coast Guard has women personnel also and they work at par with their counterparts.

1 Feb is Basant Panchami; In India, it’s a festival to worship Goddess Saraswati and knowledge. It also inspires brave people.Be confident, do well. My best wishes are with you. Make the best of it, said PM Modi in his radio address to the students.