Prime Minister on Saturday coined a new slogan, 'Give a book instead of a bouquet'.'I appeal to people to give a book instead of bouquet as a greeting. Such a move can make a big difference,' said the PM in an address at a 'Reading Month Celebration' event in Kerala, a state that boasts 100 percent literacy.
'There can be no joy greater than reading and no strength greater than knowledge. Kerala had been an inspiration to whole nation in literacy,' the PM said. Modi said the state's people deserve credit for the high literacy rate. 'Kerala's success in education could not have been achieved by governments alone. Citizens and social organizations have played an active role,' he said.
Modi also recalled the work of PN Panicker.'PN Panicker was the driving spirit behind the library network in Kerala through Kerala Grandhasala Sangham...With the same spirit, I had started a similar movement by name of 'Vanche Gujarat' when I was chief minister of Gujarat,' he said.
Modi also said, 'Together, we can once again make India a land of wisdom and knowledge.'