He was delivering a lecture here this morning at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Priyamvada Birla Institute of Management and said that he asked a question to Modi when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat and campaigning for the Parliamentary elections as a Prime Ministerial candidate, canvassing for the opposition BJP, how he could maintain his health with such a busy schedule.
“I asked Modi, how he could have so much energy to traverse across India, which is not just a country but a continent and also concentrate on his job as Chief Minister? Modi told me, ‘I get up at 5 am every day, do 90 minutes of yoga, meditation and pranayama. I don’t know what fatigue is and our duty as public servants is to be healthy’,” said Dr. Kaarthikeyan.
Recalling his long meeting with Modi, just before he became the Prime Minister and when he (Kaarthikeyan) was in the Gujarat State Council, he said that the Prime Minister’s favourite subject was Ambulance 108 as we serve the poor directly by ferrying them to the hospital when they are in trouble.
The conversation lasted for more than an hour with many direct questions, but he did not ask Modi questions like the Godhra riots, encounter killings, why Lokayutka was not appointed and malnutrition in Gujarat. “There were all these kinds of allegations. Modi listened to me as he knew that I had nothing personal. Somehow he wanted to convince me,” said Dr. Kaarthikeyan.
Dwelling at length on staying healthy, he said, “When the Prime Minister who is so busy finds time to do yoga, I don’t think the youngsters can give any excuse not to do yoga.”