Mother finds happiness in the happiness of others: PM Narendra Modi’s tribute on Hiraba’s 99th birthday

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 18

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid heartfelt tributes to his mother Hiraba and late father Damodar Modi as both entered their centenary years of birth. In an elaborate blog, the PM recalled childhood memories including his windowless one-room house in Vadnagar, which was decorated with self-made artworks by his mother and filled with love despite adversity.

Describing 2022 as a special year for him at a personal level, the Prime Minister said that whatever good is in his character, the credit can be given to his parents.

“Today, I feel extremely happy and fortunate to share that my mother Hiraba is entering her hundredth year. This is going to be her centenary year. Had my father been alive, he too would have passed his last week. Celebrating 100th birthday. 2022 is a special year as my mother’s centenary year is starting, and my father would have completed it,” the PM said.

Referring to his life’s episodes to bring to life his mother’s resilience, the PM said that she would always find happiness in the happiness of others.

Recalling an incident, the PM said that his mother would prepare dishes on Eid for Abbas’s friend Abbas, who had lost his father. “Mother found happiness in the happiness of others. Our house may have been small, but it was of a big heart. A close friend of my father lived in a nearby village. After his untimely death, my father was in his own right. Brought a friend’s son, Abbas, to our house. He stayed with us and completed his studies. Mother was as affectionate and caring towards Abbas as she was to all of us siblings. Every year On Eid, she used to cook her favorite dishes. On festivals, it was common for neighborhood children to come to our house and enjoy the special preparations made by the mother.”

He recounts his humble beginnings and the early lessons in sanitation, water and food conservation that Hiraba had given him.

“Our roof would leak on rainy days, and the house would flood. Mother used to place buckets and utensils under the leeks to collect rainwater. Even in this adversity, Mother would be the epitome of resilience. Knowing you Wonder if she will use this water for the next few days. What better example of water conservation!” The PM said that even today Hiraba does not tolerate even a speck of dust on the bed.

“The slightest crease meant the sheets would have to be dusted and re-laid. We were all very careful about that. Even today, mom expects her bed to not have a single crease!” PM said.

She also mentioned how Hiraba used to advise her children not to waste food at weddings and take only as much as they could eat.

The blog also reveals that Hiraba has accompanied the PM to public events only twice in her long political career.

“Once at a public function in Ahmedabad when he applied tilak on my forehead after I returned from Srinagar, where I had hoisted the national flag at Lal Chowk while completing the Ekta Yatra. It was an extremely emotional moment for the mother as some people were killed in the terrorist attack during the Ekta Yatra in Phagwara

Another example, the PM said, was when he was first sworn in as the Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2001.

For two decades, the PM’s mother has not accompanied him to a single public event.