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When Rajnath Singh stopped the convoy to garland his primary school teacher

The teacher was standing on the roadside holding a garland to welcome Rajnath Singh after he became a minister in UP.

india Updated: Dec 09, 2017 21:15 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Rajnath Singh,Uttar Pradesh,Teacher
Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh speaks during a press conference in Kolkata on December 7, 2017. (AFP)

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday recalled how a teacher, who used to cane him and his classmates, waited on the roadside to garland him when he became a minister in the Uttar Pradesh government.

At the convocation of Lucknow University, an emotional Singh remembered that when he was travelling to his hometown, he saw the “Maulvi sahab” holding a garland to welcome him.

But as a tribute to his teacher, who was particular about discipline, the minister garlanded the Maulvi sahab instead.

“When I was in primary school, a Maulvi sahab, who was our physical education teacher, used to cane students if they indulged in indiscipline. After the punishment, we would do the right thing.

“When I became education minister of Uttar Pradesh... On the way to my hometown... near Chandauli, I saw a 90-year-old man on the roadside... I immediately recognised he was my teacher.

“I got my vehicle stopped. The Maulvi sahab was holding a garland to welcome me ... I garlanded him instead, touched his feet and sought blessings. My teacher started crying and that made me emotional too,” the minister said.

Singh asked university students not to their teachers and always “love and respect” them.

First Published: Dec 09, 2017 21:14 IST