At Pariksha Pe Charcha 2.0 program , PM Modi asked ‘ye PUBG wala hai kya???
PUBG has become the most popular online multi-player game. PUBG Mobile has grown by leaps and bounds since it was launched as it now has over 30 million daily active players. It also won Best Mobile Game Award at 2018 Golden Joystick Awards, along with Google Play’s best game of the year award. However, for all the adulation it has received, the battle-royale multiplayer title is also being looked at as a source of addiction for children and adults, in some cases. The game seems to have become so well known that even Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, knows about how addictive it is.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday answered a number of questions during discussions with students and parents during the Pariksha Pe Charcha 2.0 program ahead of Class 10 and Class 12 exams. While answering the queries of the students, PM Modi was asked by a worried mother about how she can distract her child from online gaming. The answer by the PM left everyone laughing.
Yeh PUBG Wala hai kya.,” PM Modi asked the mother. As far as we know, there are no major politicians that are up to speed on how much impact PUBG Mobile has made on people across the country, but it seems like PM Modi knows what’s happening. As soon as he said the words, the crowd at the event burst out into applause.
However, the PM is not up to speed on the other famous battle royale title as he also said, “Ya to frontline Wala Hoga”. We think he meant Fortnite and not frontline. Prime Minister Modi goes on to said that”I request parents, do not expect your children to fulfil your unfulfilled dreams. Every child has his or her own potential and strengths. It is important to understand these positives of every child”. He added, “I hope parents do not make the report card of their children their own visiting cards because if that is the aim then the expectations from children become unreal,” he added.
While answering a question asked by a mother about the negative effect of technology on studies, the Prime Minister said that technology should lead to the expansion of the mind. “I will not say exposure to technology is a bad thing for students. It is good that students are getting acquainted with new technology. Technology should lead to an expansion of the mind and as a means to innovate,” he said.
Prime Minister Modi, while talking about the pressure of result, said: “Exams are important in life, but one should not be stressed by it. Abhi nahi to kabhi nahi (if not now, it means never), should not be the only motto. Ask yourselves if this is an exam of your life or is it just an exam for a particular grade like Class 10 or 12? Once you know the answer to this, your pressure will reduce”.
“Society should be aspirational, not negative. If people have expectations from us, it shows that they have some trust in us. We have to make ourselves capable, not get bogged down by expectations. We must take it positively,” emphasised Prime Minister Modi.
PUBG Mobile is indeed a hot topic, even more so since it was reported of being banned from primary schools in Gujarat. The Gujarat government’s primary education department issued a circular asking district authorities to implement a ban on PUBG. The circular is said to have been issued after Gujarat State Commission for Protection of Child Rights made a recommendation to do so as children were supposedly getting addicted to the game and it was “adversely affecting their studies”. Jagruti Pandya, the chairperson of the Gujarat child rights body, said that the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has recommended a ban on the game across the country.
Previously, Jammu and Kashmir Students Association asked the state’s governor to ban PUBG Mobile for the same reason. It was said to be too addictive and the reason for poor results of students in Class X and XII exams.