This picture taken after the historical win of Narendra Modi became the poster in the Indian Political History. Probably there is no person who hasn’t seen this picture. Apart from Modi and his Mother we also see a lady standing with a plate. Yes, she is Nikunjben, niece of Narendra Modi and daughter of Prahalad Modi, younger brother of our Prime Minister.
In a very unfortunate incident, Nikunjben passed away last week following a prolonged heart problem. The news of her illness reached Modi when he was in G-20 Summit in China. After his return to India he immediately called his brother to enquire about her health, only to hear that she had passed away. His tight schedule did not even permit him to go to her funeral ceremony, but he enquired and spoke to his brother again after the funeral for his niece.
Many people in the government did not know about this incident. But during the Kashmir meeting, many observed that Narendra Modi’s eyes were wet, when asked they found out that his niece had passed away.
Nikunj and her family were not financially strong, they lived in a small rented house and her husband worked in a private company. In order to support her husband Nikunj did tailoring and took tuitions to school children. Inspite of being the niece of Prime Minister himself, not once had she used her position to get favors from any government authority. She had not even told anyone that she was related to Narendra Modi.
In a time where we mostly hear people misusing their position to make money, the way Narendra Modi’s family has kept their identity so low is something we need to appreciate. Even after hearing such sad news, Modi did not take one day holiday to visit her but instead attended back to back summits trying his best to get work done.
There seem no words to describe the commitment, hard work and dedication of Modi towards our country. We only can wholeheartedly pray God to give him more strength and energy and take India to great heights.