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.
The Prime Minister describes his mother Heeraben as a simple but extraordinary woman. He said she suffered the loss of her mother when she was very young and endured many hardships in life, but has emerged all the more resilient for it.
PM Modi recollected some special moments from his childhood that he spent with his mother. He recalled several sacrifices made by his mother as he grew up and mentioned her various qualities that have shaped his mind, personality, and self-confidence. He recalled the tiny house in Vadnagar with mud walls and clay tiles for a roof where he stayed with his parents and siblings. Not only did his mother do all household chores by herself, but she also worked to supplement the meagre household income. She used to wash utensils at a few houses and take out time to spin the charkha to help meet the household expenses.
"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." Reflecting on his mother's extremely simple lifestyle, PM Modi wrote that 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.
Earlier today, PM Modi met with his mother at her residence in Gandhinagar. He celebrated her 100th birthday with her and also sought her blessings on this special occasion.