Prime Minister Narendra Modi today coined a term that could succinctly sum up …er many children across India – “PUBG-wala” – as he fielded questions on exam stress at his “Pariksha Par Charcha 2.0”.
As a mother complained to the Prime Minister that her son was avoiding studies and was addicted to online games, PM Modi replied: “PUBG-wala hai kya? (is he a PUBG gamer?)”. Relatable. The audience roared with laughter.
The word about PUBG has clearly gone around. Prime Minister Narendra Modi answered a number of questions during discussions with students and parents as part of Pariksha Pe Charcha 2.0 ahead of the examination season. During that conversation came a question about online games. To be precise, a worried mother mentioned to the Prime Minister about how her child is distracted from studies and spends more time on online games. That is when PM Modi, on a lighter note, said, “PUBG wala hai kya?”
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On a serious note, the Prime Minister said it was not good to dissuade children from technology. “Explore ways in which you encourage your children towards accepting and understanding technology. But remember, technology should be used to expand our horizons, not to let it shrink us in our life. It should not be allowed to narrow us down, as that would be very harmful for us,” he advised.
“Like everything else, technology too comes with its positives and negatives. As parents, we must guide our children to get the most from technology. Encourage their inquisitiveness on learning about various apps… like how to build something, or cook something.”
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PM @narendramodi ji replies when a mother asks what must she do as her son, a Class-IX student is distracted by online games
“Ye PUBG wala hai kya? Ye samasya bhi hai, samadhaan bhi hai ”
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He said if parents tried to make these efforts, children would hopefully move from “playstation to the playground”.
The hugely popular online multi-player game PUBG, or PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, has been banned in schools in PM Modi’s home state Gujarat. PUBG was launched in December 2017, and has since acquired a massive fan base in India and worldwide.
PlayerUknown’s Battlegrounds, popularly called PUBG, is a multiplayer mobile app and video game that was launched in 2017. In the game, up to a hundred players can arrive on an island by way of parachutes and hunt for weaponry to kill others, while avoiding getting killed at the same time. Players can choose one out of four maps to play in. Playing a full round, on an average, takes less than thirty minutes.
PUBG has won multiple awards since its launch and has developed a huge user base in India and other parts of the world.
A students’ body in Jammu and Kashmir has also asked for a ban on PUBG, blaming it for poor examination results.