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Here's what Modi's Mother Had To Say When He Was Elected The CM of Gujarat

By Anuj Cariappa
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Modi's adulation for his mother was well-documented when she was being mocked by Congress. Modi vehemently defended her when Raj Babbar compared the falling value of Indian rupee with the age of Modi's mother Heeraben during campaigning for the Madhya Pradesh elections. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that he further enumerates her virtues in the fourth instalment of his interview with Humans Of Bombay.

Heeraben Modi

Modi celebrates his mother for her fortitude in bringing up her children under difficult circumstances. For Modi's mother, his Prime Ministerial post was of little significance due to his burgeoning reputation as a well-established leader. He believes that his mother didn't pay much heed to his position as a PM because he had already gained prominence as the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

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He said, "A lot of people ask me how my mother felt when I became PM, but by then the name 'Modi' was in the air, my photos were being printed and there was a lot of excitement all over. But I think the bigger milestone for her, was when I became CM.

According to Modi, he was in Delhi when he first heard of his appointment and travelled to Ahmedabad before the oath-taking ceremony to visit his mother. The meeting and the unexpected advice that Heeraben bestowed on her son had a profound effect on Modi's life.

He said, "I was living in Delhi when I found out. Before taking the oath, I went straight to see her in Ahmedabad, where she lives with my brother. By then she had already found out that I had become the CM, but to be honest I don't think she knew what the post was about. When I reached, the atmosphere was festive and celebrations had begun."

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Heeraben, who was just happy to have her son working close to the home said in no uncertain words, to not abuse his power in office by resorting to the act of accepting bribes.

He recalled " After that she said, 'Dekh Bhai, I don't understand what you do, but promise me you will never take a bribe -- don't ever commit that sin.' Those words really impacted me and I'll tell you why. A woman who has lived in poverty her entire life and who has never had material comforts, during an abundant and celebratory time, asked me to not take a bribe."

The words have shaped Modi's tenure in Office. He said, "even after I've become Prime Minister, my roots remain strong and relentless."

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This is the fourth instalment in Modi's interview with the Humans of Bombay. The last three installments have chronicled Modi's journey from adolescence to adulthood and the various trails that led to this particular juncture in time where he is the Prime Minister of our nation.

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