Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set an example of extreme ‘kartavya’ (responsibility). He lost his mother, Heeraba on Friday early morning. She had been ailing for sometime and was admitted in UN Mehta Institute of Cardiology & Research Centre. Death came around 3:30 am. Heeraba or Heeraben turned 100 recently. Though, Prime Minister could not be in Kolkata physically to attend the programmes, but he did attend the programmes via video conferencing.
PM Modi was scheduled to visit West Bengal to launch a slew of developmental projects – flagging off the Vande Bharat train, attend Namami Gange programme apart from attending a few party related programmes. Prime Minister had to cancel his visit owing to the unprecedented development and rush to Gujarat for the last rites.
PM Modi reached Gujarat and attended the last rites at Hindu Crematorium, Gandhi Nagar in Gujarat alongwith his family members. Immediately, after the ‘mukhagni’ (last rites ritual), he attended the scheduled programmes in Kolkata via video conferencing. He just once said, “Due to personal reason, I could not visit West Bengal…I apologize for not being able to keep my word…”. He did not for once did any rhetoric or squeezed emotions. He launched the Vande Bharat train that will ply between Howrah and New Jalpaiguri (NJP). Also, the metro rail connectivity between Howrah and Joka. The Prime Minister also attended a programme on Namami Gange.
Well, it’s not easy to be nerve strong especially when someone loses their parents with whom they share a close bonding. During post Godhra riots, then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Bajpayee told him, “first go and follow the raj dharam”. Today, Narendra Modi who is first a son, followed his responcibility that he owes towards the country as a Prime Minister. It’s not so easy to be this nerve strong as one needs immense endurance and penance… It’s not so easy … Commendable indeed!
This is an old story I did in 2019 when PM Modi took oath as Prime Minister of India. The photograph showing Heeraba watching her son taking oath went viral on social media platforms.
Indeed, a proud moment for any mother and rare moment for any mother also as all sons doesn’t become prime minister of a country. The frame in itself speak volumes which have emotions, sentiments and endless happiness.
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