Sydney, Nov 17: Small gestures of love and affection can bring in big changes in people's life sometimes. Something similar happened to the cancer-stricken cartoonist Ramesh Chandra.
Ramesh, who had been waiting for this day since years, finally met Narendra Modi at Sydney's Allphones Arena after the India Today Group highlighted the ailing man's wish to interact with the Prime Minister.
Arrangements were made by Modi's office after the managing editor of TV Today Network tweeted Ramesh's desire to meet Modi. The ailing man said that there was no one to take him to Sydney Olympic Park, the venue where Modi was to address the gathering.
After having come across the tweet, Modi asked his officials to ensure that Ramesh could reach the venue for the event. He personally spoke to the organisers and made arrangements for Ramesh to visit Olympic Park.
Upon hearing Modi's decision, Ramesh said he couldn't believe his ears when he heard about the gesture by Modi. He said, "Zindagi safal ho gayi."
"I have come here to meet Prime Minister Modi. I am very happy. For the past 67 years, there is no development in India, but now, such a man has come to power who knows everything, is disciplined and such nice man can''t be found anywhere else. You are really fortunate to have such a man to lead the country," Ramesh said.
"If I want to meet Prime Minister Modi, I don''t care about my health, as it''s a big thing that I am getting this opportunity in my life. Wherever he calls me I will go there, and I will wait here till he arrives," he added.
There was no one to take Ramesh Chandra to Sydney Olympic Park
"I want to do something for him, I am very happy; I am a cancer patient, and will not survive much. But, still I am so ecstatic about meeting Prime Minister Modi," he said.
He also showed the cartoons that he has sketched for the Prime Minister since the Modi decided to contest the Lok Sabha elections.
Ramesh has compiled a special series of his cartoons to mark Modi's visit to Australia.
Over 20,000 people gathered at Allphones Arena at Olympic Park in Sydney to welcome the Prime Minister.