Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s ‘rakhi’ sister Qamar Mohsin Shaikh excited to meet PM Modi after three years on Raksha Bandhan, in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, on Tuesday, August 22, 2023. (ANI Photo)
QAMAR Mohsin Sheikh, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s ‘rakhi’ sister of Pakistani origin, is set to visit New Delhi to tie him a ‘rakhi’ on the occasion of the Raksha Bandhan festival later this month. Sheikh has been sending rakhis to the Indian prime minister every year for the last three decades.
Raksha Bandhan is a popular Hindu annual ceremony during which sisters of all ages tie the ‘rakhi’ or an amulet around their brothers’ wrists to symbolically protect them and get a gift in return. The bonding created by ‘rakhi’ can go beyond blood relations.
Speaking to news agency Asian News International, Sheikh said, “This time I have made the ‘rakhi’ myself. I will also gift him (PM Modi) a book on agriculture as he is fond of reading. For the last two-three years, I was unable to go due to Covid-19 but this time, I will meet him in person”.
Sheikh moved to India from Pakistan after her marriage.
“I have specifically made a red-coloured rakhi for him. The red colour is considered a symbol of strength…Earlier, I prayed for him to be the chief minister of Gujarat and he became. Whenever I tied the rakhi, I used to express my desire for him to become the prime minister. His response was always affirmative, saying that all your wishes will be fulfilled by God. Now, he is doing commendable work for the country as the PM,” she added.
Sheikh said while sending the Raksha Bandhan greetings to Modi last year that she was looking forward to meeting him this year.
She also said that there was no doubt that Modi will return as the prime minister in next year’s general elections.
“He deserves this because he has those capabilities and I wish him to be PM of India every time,” she added.