The incident happened on Saturday (March 2) when a student was introducing a dyslexia-related project to PM Modi at ‘Smart India Hackathon’.
At the Hackathon, an engineering student introduced her project and citing an example of Taare Zameen Par movie, she explained how it could help dyslexic children. To this, PM Modi interrupted her and asked if the same could help the 40-year-old child (referring to Rahul Gandhi).
Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah also criticised PM Narendra Modi for his purported political “insensitive” potshot at Congress president Rahul Gandhi while answering a question by a student on dyslexia.
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He said that his insensitivity cannot be washed away by dipping in any river. “Just came across a video of our @narendramodi taking political potshots using the name of dyslexic people. Shame on you Modi!! You just can’t go below this. Your insensitivity can’t be washed away by dipping in any river. They may be slow in learning but not heartless like you,” Siddaramaiah tweeted.
Also many Twitter users took to the social media to slam the prime minister for his comments.
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The National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled (NPRD) also slammed the prime minister for his “disrespectful and insensitive” comments on dyslexic children and asked Modi to apologise to persons with disabilities.
Strongly objecting to the “distasteful” comments by PM Modi, NPRD, in a statement, said, “The PM should under no circumstances be making such a remark. It also displays scant respect for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 according to which this constitutes an offence. The least the PM can do is apologise for his remarks.”