Tuesday, May 17, 2022

When a baby girl in Modi’s family was named after Sushma Swaraj

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared an interesting anecdote on Monday, the 70th birth anniversary of former minister and BJP stalwart Sushma Swaraj. The former foreign minister died on August 6, 2019, around two months after the BJP came to power for a second time.

In a Facebook post written on his way back from Punjab’s Jalandhar, where he addressed an election rally, PM Modi offered his tribute to the late leader, recalling the time Sushma Swaraj had visited his village in Gujarat.

“It would be about 25 years ago, when I used to work as an organiser in the BJP and Sushma ji was on an election tour in Gujarat,” he wrote.

“She went to my village Vadnagar, and met my mother too. At that time, a daughter was born in our family to my nephew. The astrologers decided on a name after consulting her astrological chart,” he wrote, adding that the family had accepted the name as well.

MUST READ  Hindu Mahasabha pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse

Then came the twist. “After meeting Sushma ji, my mother said that the baby will be called Sushma,” PM Modi wrote.

“My mother is not very educated but she is very modern in her thoughts. And the way she pronounced that decision to everyone at that time, I remember till today,” he wrote. PM’s mother Heeraben Modi is in her 90s.

Sushma Swaraj, one of the BJP’s most loved leaders, died of a cardiac arrest at the age of 67.

MUST READ  63 Indian cities In 100 most polluted places on Earth

As the foreign minister, Ms Swaraj made an array of interventions on behalf of people that ranged from helping people stranded in another country to bringing home relatives’ body from abroad. She had even stepped in on behalf of foreign nationals seeking urgent medical visa for treatment in India. Her kindness, warmth and mellow humour had made her a favourite on Twitter too.

MUST READ  A car rally to support the election of Yogi Adityanath in Uttar Pradesh

In his condolence message, PM Modi had described her as remarkable leader” with a “compassionate side” who not only played a key role in bettering India’s ties with various nations, but also “helped fellow Indians in distress in any part of the world”.

Latest news

How’s thaatttt ! Minister XI vs High Commissioner XI Community Cricket Match

By Fiji Times Team Sydneysiders attended one-of-a-kind Minister XI vs High Commissioner XI Community Cricket Match organised by Australian-Indian Sports Educational and Cultural Society (AISECS,...

Masks may be back as COVID-19, flu surge across Australia

Doctors are pushing for indoor mask mandates to be introduced as COVID-19 numbers surge in several Australian states. Earlier this week Australian Medical Association (AMA) president...

NSW mayor stabbed in violent home invasion

An NSW mayor is in hospital after a group of intruders forced their way into his house and stabbed him. Police were told five to six men broke...

Plastic bag ban in NSW from June 1

New South Wales will from next month join the rest of Australia in banning single use plastic bags - with more bans to come later...

Related news

How’s thaatttt ! Minister XI vs High Commissioner XI Community Cricket Match

By Fiji Times Team Sydneysiders attended one-of-a-kind Minister XI vs High Commissioner XI Community Cricket Match organised by Australian-Indian Sports Educational and Cultural Society (AISECS,...
MUST READ  Himachal Governor pays tributes at Martyr's Memorial Dharamshala

Masks may be back as COVID-19, flu surge across Australia

Doctors are pushing for indoor mask mandates to be introduced as COVID-19 numbers surge in several Australian states. Earlier this week Australian Medical Association (AMA) president...

NSW mayor stabbed in violent home invasion

An NSW mayor is in hospital after a group of intruders forced their way into his house and stabbed him. Police were told five to six men broke...

Plastic bag ban in NSW from June 1

New South Wales will from next month join the rest of Australia in banning single use plastic bags - with more bans to come later...

DC defeat Punjab Kings, Capitals in top four now

DC spinners Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav delivered in the middle overs as Shardul  Thakur alone complemented the duo with 4 wickets as Delhi...

Ukrainian soldiers claim reaching Russian Border; UK Intel says Russian army losing steam

The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence has released an update on the situation in Ukraine where it has stated that Russian forces have suffered...

Chief Secretaries’ meet likely to be held at Dharamshala in June

Chief Executive officer (CEO) of NITI Aayog Amitabh Kant called on Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur in Shimla on Monday. Discussions were held about organizing...

LABOR CARES FOR THE ELDERLY SOUTH ASIAN COMMUNITY IN NSW

An Albanese Labor Government will help deliver better aged care services for the South Asian community in New South Wales by investing in aged...