The prime minister said: “Leadership quality is essential. You must also be clear why you want to be a leader – to fight elections only or to make a difference.”
Addressing students and teachers at an event at Manekshaw Auditorium on the eve of Teacher’s Day, Modi said former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam said he always wanted to be remembered as a teacher – and had died while delivering a lecture to students.
Modi also released a commemorative coin in honour of former president Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, whose birthday is marked as Teacher’s Day.