Upset about having to miss school because his bus was to be used for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally on Tuesday, a boy in Madhya Pradesh wrote to him: "Is your meeting more important than school?" Class 8 student Devansh Jain's impassioned letter, which went viral on social media, has resulted in the administration withdrawing its order asking schools to send their buses for the PM's event.
Modi will visit the birthplace of revolutionary leader Chandrashekhar Azad at Bhabhra village before launching a "70 saal Azaadi, Yaad karo Qurbani" campaign to mark Independence Day. Devansh was dismayed when his teacher told him that school would be shut on Tuesday and Wednesday as buses would be needed to ferry people for the prime minister's event in Alirajpur.
In his letter to the PM, Devansh commented: "I have listened to your addresses in America where a lot of people were present, but they have not come to the venue in school buses". He tempered his grievance by describing himself as a Modi fan and shared that he had never missed any edition of his radio talk "Mann Ki Baat", even to the point of fighting with classmates who teased him about it.
Devansh also requested the prime minister to tell "Shivraj Mama" - as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan likes to be referred to - not to divert school buses as "you are not like Congress leaders and you have concern for our studies and future." He wrote: "If you do so then I will tell with vigour that in the meetings of my Modi uncle, crowd comes on its own and it is not managed."