Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mother, Heeraba, passed away at the age of 100 in Ahmedabad on Friday. On her 100th birthday, the prime minister had revealed why his mother never accompanied him to government or public functions.
“I am as proud as you are. Nothing is mine. I am a mere instrument in the plans of God,” PM Modi recalled Heeraba telling him when he took over as prime minister of the country. She was never seen with the prime minister apart from two occasions, which the prime minister described in a blog post titled ‘Mother’.
“You might have noticed that Mother never accompanies me for any government or public programme. She has accompanied me on only two occasions in the past. Once, it was at a public function in Ahmedabad when she applied a tilak on my forehead after I had returned from Srinagar, where I had hoisted the national flag at Lal Chowk, completing the Ekta Yatra.
That was an extremely emotional moment for Mother because a few people had died in a terror attack in Phagwara at the time of the Ekta Yatra. She became extremely worried at that time. Two people then called to check on me. One was Shraddhey Pramukh Swami of Akshardham Temple, and the second was Mother. Her relief was palpable.
The second instance is when I first took oath as Gujarat’s Chief Minister in 2001. The oath-taking ceremony held two decades ago was the last public event that Mother attended with me. Since then, she has never accompanied me to a single public event.
I remember another incident. When I became the Chief Minister of Gujarat, I wanted to publicly honour all my teachers. I thought that Mother had been my biggest teacher in life, and I should also honour her. Even our scriptures mention that there is no bigger guru than one’s mother- ‘Nasti matr samo guruh’. I asked my mother to attend the event, but she declined. She said, ‘See, I am an ordinary person. I may have given birth to you, but you have been taught and brought up by the Almighty.’ All my teachers were felicitated that day, but for Mother.”
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