Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mother Heeraben Modi celebrated her 100th birthday on June 18. PM Modi met his mother Hiraba at her residence in Gandhinagar and sought her blessings.
On this occasion, PM Modi penned a heartfelt blog that paid tribute to her. He tweeted: “Maathis isn’t a mere word but it captures a range of emotions. Today, 18th June is the day my Mother Heeraba enters her 100th year. On this special day, I have penned a few thoughts expressing joy and gratitude.”
Hiraba lives with Pankaj Modi, PM Modi’s younger brother. PM Modi recalled that his family stayed in a small mud house in Vadnagar with clay tiles for a roof. He also mentioned the innumerable everyday adversities that his mother encountered and successfully overcame.
PM Modi recalled his childhood friend, Abbas, who stayed in their home and Hiraba was as affectionate and caring towards Abbas as she was with her own children. He wrote in the blog:
“A close friend of my father used to stay in a nearby village. After his untimely death, my father brought his friend’s son, Abbas, to our home. He stayed with us and completed his studies. Mother was as affectionate and caring towards Abbas just like she did for all of us siblings. Every year on Eid, she used to prepare his favourite dishes.”
Abbas, who used to work as a Class 2 employee in the Food and Supply Department for the Gujarat government, recently retired from service. As per local media reports, PM Modi’s younger brother identified a picture of Abbas and confirmed that it was him.
Abbas now lives with his younger son in Sydney, Australia while his eldest son still lives in Kheralu Tahsil of Gujarat’s Mehsana district.
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