Who can forget Kumble bowling with an injury and what Dravid-Laxman did: PM Modi on ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’

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PM Narendra Modi told students to remember that “every failure is a step towards success”.

Pariksha Pe Charcha 2020: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday addressed students and teachers from across the country during the ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’ event held at the Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi. During the interaction, PM Narendra Modi cited examples of former cricketers VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble to motivate students and remind them that “every failure is a step towards success”.

Recalling the famous India-Australia test series in 2001 the PM said: “The mood was not very good. But, in those moments can we ever forget what Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman did? They turned the match around. We can add enthusiasm to every aspect of life. A temporary setback doesn’t mean success is not waiting. In fact, a setback may mean the best is yet to come.”

“Similarly, who can forget Kumble bowling with an injury. This is the power of motivation and positive thinking,” the BJP leader added.

Kumble was hit on his chin during the batting and was left with a broken jaw at the Antigua Test between India and West Indies in 2002. But leg-spinner refused to leave the battlefield and came out with his face bandaged to bowl 14 overs and pick up the wicket of Brian Lara. He did not play the full game though and the match was drawn.

Continuing to address the students the Prime Minister said: "I would urge students to be confident about their own preparation. Do not enter the exam hall with any sort of pressure. Do not worry about what the others are doing. Have faith in yourself and focus on what you’ve prepared."

'Hope students act on the Fundamental Duties enshrined in Constitution'

Motivating students to follow the Fundamental Duties enshrined in the Indian Constitution, PM Modi said: "There's a fine connection between our rights and responsibilities. Our rights are directly dependent on the responsibilities performed by others. Have you ever thought where will you be in 2047, at the completion of 100 years of India's independence?"

"You'd be leading someone, somewhere in life. If you get a broken and dilapidated country when you become a leader, would you able to lead well? I hope this generation takes it upon themselves to act on some of the Fundamental Duties enshrined in our Constitution."