Politics

In Bid to Ridicule Rahul Gandhi, PM Modi Mocks Dyslexic Students

The prime minister made the insensitive remark while answering a student's question during an event at IIT Kharagpur.

New Delhi: While taking an impromptu dig at Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi ended up mocking dyslexic students on March 2 as he was answering a student’s question via video conference during the finals of the Smart India Hackathon at IIT Kharagpur.

When a student from Dehradun started to introduce her project, which she said was based on the idea of how dyslexic children can be very creative despite facing learning difficulties, Modi interjected and asked whether it would also help children who are 40-50 years old.

When the student said yes, Modi responded, “The mothers of such children will be very happy in that case.”

Neuroscience studies have established that dyslexia is born of neurobiological differences in the brain’s wiring and structure, and even that it has a genetic component. In fact, there has been growing recognition around the world that it is not a ‘learning disability’ but a ‘learning difference’.

In India, dyslexia is thought to affect up to 18% of primary school children.

Modi’s comments have not gone down well; many users took to Twitter to register their outrage at the prime minister’s insensitive and thoughtless remark.