A schoolgirl hugs Indian prime minister Narendra Modi after tying him a rakhi on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan festival, in New Delhi on Wednesday, August 3, 2023. (ANI Photo)
INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday (30) celebrated the Hindu festival of Raksha Bandhan with schoolgirls in Delhi. They tied rakhis to the wrist of the prime minister and interacted with him on various subjects, including the recent landing of Chandrayaan-3 on moon. Some of them also recited poetry in front of Modi and greeted him with affection.
The prime minister, who also treated the children with affection, said in a post on X, formerly Twitter, “Had a very special Raksha Bandhan celebration at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg. My young friends and I talked about so many subjects. They shared their joy on Chandrayaan-3 and India’s strides in space. They also recited wonderful poetry.”
Some women cadets and elderly people were also seen tying rakhis to the prime minister’s wrist.
Had a very special Raksha Bandhan celebration at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg. My young friends and I talked about so many subjects. They shared their joy on Chandrayaan-3 and India’s strides in space. They also recited wonderful poetry. pic.twitter.com/JNbNxbWiE6
Modi also posed for a group photograph with schoolgirls and teachers on the day. The customised rakhis that the children presented him had his image on them.
Qamar Mohsin Sheikh, Modi’s sister of Pakistani-origin, also visited Delhi from Ahmedabad in the western state of Gujarat to tie him a ‘rakhi’ made by herself. Sheikh has been tying a rakhi to Modi for more than three decades. She could not visit the PM during the pandemic for the auspicious occasion but sent him homemade rakhis by post.
Raksha Bandhan marks an eternal bond between brothers and sisters and is being celebrated with fervour across the country. Schoolchildren were seen celebrating the occasion with members of the armed forces in various parts of the country, including in the Muslim-dominated Jammu and Kashmir.
Modi also greeted people on the occasion on X. In a post in Hindi, he said, “Happy Rakshabandhan to all my family members. This auspicious festival of Rakshabandhan, dedicated to the unbreakable trust and immense love between sister and brother, is a sacred reflection of our culture. I wish, this festival deepens the feeling of affection, harmony and harmony in everyone’s life.”