Reminiscing on his life with her mother Heeraben Modi, who turns 100 today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has paid a tribute to her by penning an emotional blog. “Maa…this 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,” PM Modi said in a tweet.
In his blog, PM Modi describes Heeraben as a simple but extraordinary woman. He revealed how she suffered the loss of her mother at a young age and how she endured many hardships in life and still emerged all the more resilient for it.
The prime minister also recollected some special moments spent with his mother during his childhood. He recalled the many sacrifices made by Heeraben as he grew up. The PM also highlighted the various qualities of his mother that have shaped his mind, personality, and self-confidence.
Further, he remembered the tiny house with mud walls and clay tiles for a roof where he stayed with his parents and siblings in Vadnagar.
“During the rains, our roof would leak, and the house would flood. Mother would place buckets and utensils below the leaks to collect the rainwater. Even in this adverse situation, Mother would be a symbol of resilience,” PM Modi wrote.
He said it was his mother who made him realise that it was possible to be learned without being formally educated. “Her thought process and farsighted thinking have always surprised me,” he said.
Writing about Heeraben’s extremely simple lifestyle, PM Modi said even today, there are no assets in his mother’s name. “I have never seen her wear any gold ornaments, and she has no interest either. Like earlier, she continues to lead an extremely simple lifestyle in her small room,” he stated.
Earlier on Saturday, PM Modi met his mother at her residence in Gandhinagar to celebrate her 100th birthday and also sought her blessings.