LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh chief ministerMayawati on Thursday wrote a letter to the children of the state on the eve of the NationalEducation Day. In her letter, Maya stressed on the importance of education, and said, "The Indian Constitution drafted by Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar has the provision of free and compulsory education till the age of 14 years. Dr Ambedkar during his student days had to fight against the evil practices prevailing in the society. But, owing to his determination, he was able to carve a niche for himself."
The CM also cited numerous examples from her own life and the progressive thinking of her grandfather Mangal Sen, who did not differentiate among his grandchildren. "Owing my hardwork and dedication, I was able to complete my higher education and then became a teacher in a government school. After this, I became a social worker, and today I have become the chief minister of India's most populous state for the fourth time. I believe that you too can scale greater heights in life and serve the nation, state and the society," she said.
Drawing attention towards the infrastructure, Maya said, "Sometime back facilities in most of the places were lacking. However, our endeavour is to ensure that every child irrespective of his social, economic and religious status is able to get himself educated."
"I also expect that you (children) would be present in the regularly, learn things in a co-ordialatmosphere and clear your doubts on any topic with your teachers," she said, while concluding her letter.
The birthday of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, an eminent educationist and a great leader of India's freedom struggle is celebrated on November 11 every year as National Education Day.