Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mother Heeraben Modi has been cremated after passing away in the early hours of the morning. Modi’s mother was 99 years old and had been hospitalized in Western Gujarat state since Wednesday after her health deteriorated.
UN Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre, where she was admitted shared the news of her demise in a bulletin. PM Modi arrived at his brother’s residence, Pankaj Modi, in Raysan village, where the mortal remains of his mother were kept.
‘A glorious century rests at the feet of God,’ PM Modi tweeted on Friday morning. After arriving in Gujarat, the PM offered floral tributes to his mother and bowed down at her feet. He later shouldered her mortal remains on way to the cremation ground for her last rites.
PM Modi took to Twitter to honor his mother for her ‘glorious’ life. In his heartfelt tribute posted on Twitter, he wrote that on her 100th birthday when he met her, she told him something that will linger in his mind forever. “Work with intelligence and live with purity,” the PM’s tweet added.
The PM was last seen with his mother in public on 4th December when he visited her house during the assembly election in Gujarat, his home state. Heeraben lived with Mr. Modi’s younger brother and his family.
Tributes have begun pouring in for the demise of Heeraben Modi as soon as the news was made public. Amit Shah, Union Home Minister, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo are among the many names who extended their condolences to PM Modi for his loss.
Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif on Friday tweeted, ‘There is no greater loss than losing one’s mother. My condolence to PM Narendra Modi on the passing away of his mother.
Despite grieving, PM Narendra Modi decided to carry on with his official engagements. After attending the last rites of his mother Heeraben, PM Modi went ahead to launch projects worth ₹7,800 Crore in West Bengal. This he did via video conference rather than being in the eastern state physically as planned earlier.
The PM’s actions to carry on with his official engagements on the day he lost his mother has drawn praise from his ministerial colleagues and other BJP leaders. Many have lauded him for his commitment and described him as a ‘karmayogi.’