With the massive fan following that Prime Minister Narendra Modi enjoys not just in India but even abroad, it’s obvious that people would be curious to know some non-political facts of his life. PM Modi opened up on such lesser-known aspects in a ‘non-political interview’ with Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar on ANI. PM revealed the kind of sports that he’d play in his childhood, how he learnt team spirit during the activities at RSS training camps, but he was most passionate about swimming.
In the interview, PM said, “In my childhood, I used to visit the Sangh Ki Shakha (RSS training camps). There, various kinds of scientific games would be played that showed good team spirit. We would be asked to sit in a circle and the leader would ask us to tell one quality about the person sitting on our right. It’s just a game, but that creates a consciousness that we need to identify the qualities of others. That’s how in a game, a person’s development takes place. That’s why in my childhood, in those camps I understood what is team spirit, what is sharing responsibility. It’s a game, not some extraordinary invention, it's something that's traditional, but a brilliant game. These things turn out to be very beneficial.
PM added, "If you talk about physical activity, I got connected to yoga significantly too. However, I used to always like group sports over individual sports because that develops your character in a different way. Individual sports lead to a different kind of development, not a wrong one, but a different one. In a team sport, you have to adjust, you have to collaborate, you have to follow the leader, take care of your subordinate. To live your life, you have to play group sports irrespective of how many ever individual sports one might play."
Akshay then asked, "Have you eve played gulli danda (traditional game involving sticks)? The Prime Minister replied, “Of course, I used to play in my village.”
But PM was most fond of swimming, “But most of the times, I’d just go swimming. I used to like water. There are two reasons for it, one was that I used to wash the clothes of the entire family. So I used to go to the pond and naturally learnt swimming. I used to swim for many hours. I believe that my body development probably happened because of swimming. The village-kind of swimming.”
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