Marks not benchmark of success: PM’s tribute to Group Captain Singh | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in Mann Ki Baat on Sunday, asserted that marks cannot be a benchmark for success and cited a letter written by Group Captain Varun Singh as inspiration. Singh was a victim of the December 8 helicopter crash in which India’s first Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 others lost their lives.
The PM said after receiving the Shaurya Chakra in August this year, Singh had written a letter to his school principal where he shared his learnings from life with students. He did not boast of his valour; instead he referred to his failures. He talked about how he converted his shortcomings into abilities.
Singh had written: “ It is ok to be mediocre. Not everyone will excel at school and not everyone will be able to score in the 90s. If you do, it is an amazing achievement…However, if you don’t, do not think that you are meant to be mediocre. You may be mediocre in school but it is by no means a measure of things to come in life. Find your calling…do your best.” The PM said: “The mantra he has given to rise from average to extraordinary is equally important.”
Modi also said Singh had asked students to “never lose hope”. The PM said many lives engaged in the service of the country “teach us a lot. Such was the life of Singh”.