In RSS-backed school, students get a Narendra Modi crash course

Written by Tanushree Venkatraman | Mumbai | Updated: Oct 10 2014, 14:29pm hrs
In A drawing competition at Bandra Hindu School, founded by RSS members, the winner of the first prize is 15-year-old Sohail Shaikh, for his crayon drawing of Narendra Modi. The compulsory competition, held at the school on Gandhi Jayanti, saw each of the 350 students draw the face chosen for them, the Prime Ministers.

Founded in 1992, the school is run by the Bandra Hindu Association and three-fourth of its management staff are Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh workers. But 75 per cent of the students, who come from the slums of Behrampada and Bandras Garib Nagar, are Muslims. Most of their parents are uneducated and work as labourers or hawkers, said Ajeet Manyal, the secretary of Bandra Hindu Association.

I was asked to draw a picture of Narendra Modi and, since he is the Prime Minister, I drew it, said the nonchalant winner Sohail Shaikh, a class 10 student.

The competition and prize distribution on Gandhi Jayanti ended with a mandatory poetry recital by students, now the schools anthem. Loot ke le gaya dil-jigar, Modi jadugar (He has stolen our hearts, the magician Modi), reads the first line of the jingle. Modi thinks like a rishi and executes like a corporate leader. His commitment to Indian ethos and his love of education makes him like Swami Vivekananda and greater than Jawaharlal Nehru, said Manyal.

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