The pen is mightier than the sword, and if this incident is anything to go by, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s well-wishers are starting to realise that already.
When the Gujarat state board exams began early this month, Class X and XII students of many Ahmedabad schools were reportedly gifted pens emblazoned with an image of Modi alongside the Lotus – the BJP’s electoral symbol.
The writing instruments – wrapped in saffron packets – were “donated” by Today’s, a private manufacturer.
A media report said the pens were accompanied by a letter from the company, contending that they were being gifted after obtaining the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board’s permission. A senior official, however, denied the company’s claim. He said that though the company had approached the board last year for this purpose, their request was denied on the grounds that the pens carried a political party’s symbol.