Khandwa decides to keep schools open after boy writes to Modi

  • Sunil Kerhalkar and Manoj Ahuja, Hindustan Times, Khandwa/Indore
  • Updated: Aug 09, 2016 11:56 IST
Devansh Jain studies at Vidhyakunj International School. (HT photo)

A 13-year-old school boy’s letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi forced Khandwa administration to withdraw its decision to keep schools closed on Tuesday.

‘Why should my school remain closed if you are holding a rally?’ Devansh Jain, a Class VIII student of Vidhyakunj International School, wrote to Modi ahead of his August 9 visit.

The Prime Minister will address a public meeting at Bhavra in Alirajpur district, the birthplace of freedom fighter Chandra Shekhar Azad, to mark 70 years of Independence and 74 years of Quit India Movement.

Though Khanwa administration revisited its order, schools will remain closed in some districts of western Madhya Pradesh on the orders of the district collectors. “In view of heavy rainfall alert for tomorrow (August 9) in Indore district by meteorological department and requirement of school buses for a programme, all aaganwadis, government and private schools shall remain closed,” says an order released by the Indore district collector.

On Monday afternoon, the Khandwa district administration withdrew its order and also sent mail to the school informing about the change in plan. “In accordance with the latest directive issued by the administration, we will keep the school open,” Vidhyakunj International School director Jai Nagda said.

Devansh had urged Modi to ensure school buses are not deployed for taking party workers and people to the Alirajpur rally. “Modi uncle, you are so popular that people come to your rallies in their own vehicles. I have seen huge crowd whether you address a rally in India or abroad. In fact, I used to fight with friends when they used to tease me that people are ferried to your rallies. But now I feel that they were right. You always urged students to focus on education and career. So, please ask the chief minister to ensure that our school is not closed,” he wrote.

The Class VIII students told HT that he thought about writing the letter, after his class teacher said the school would be closed due to Modi’s rally. “When I came home and talked to my mother, she told me that nothing could be done and the only thing I could do was write to the PM,” the boy said.

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