Heeraben Modi, Mother of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Passes Away at 99

1: indian prime minister narendra modi’s mother heeraben modi has died at the age of 99. mr modi lit his mother’s funeral pyre in gandhinagar in western gujarat state on friday. several politicians and ministers have expressed sorrow over her death on social media.
paragraph 2: heeraben was born in visnagar in gujarat’s mehsana district in 1923. she was married to damodardas mulchand modi and moved to the town of vadnagar a few kilometres away as a teen. heeraben never attended public programmes and had only accompanied him to two events – the second one being in 2001, when he first took oath as the chief minister of gujarat.
paragraph 3: though he became india’s prime minister in 2014, heeraben visited him in delhi only two years later. when mr modi’s government controversially banned 500 and 1,000 rupee notes in a bid to crack down on undeclared wealth, heeraben was photographed visiting a bank, like millions of indians, to exchange old notes. mr modi wrote that her life and sacrifices had “shaped” his mind, personality and self-confidence. defence minister rajnath singh tweeted that he was “deeply pained” by the news, as did m venkaiah naidu, former vice-president of india.


By Evey Lovelace

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