HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday termed the turnout of students in board exams as a "powerful surgical strike".
"I'm proud of those children and their parents who are the strength of India. Education is the way to progress. They have understood and given this befitting reply. We have seen the surgical strike of the army, but this reply given by students is also a powerful surgical strike," he said.
Emphasising that this was "India's reply", Javadekar said the country believed in education and progress and the message was that no design to break the country would succeed.
Javadekar, who was speaking at an event 'Kala Utsav', said all should get a basic level of education that supports them in life but added that unique talents should be brought to the fore as well.