In a heartwarming tradition that has spanned over three decades, Qamar Mohsin Sheikh, a Pakistani woman who now resides in India after her marriage, is gearing up to personally tie a Rakhi on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s wrist this Raksha Bandhan.
Mrs. Sheikh, originally hailing from Pakistan, settled in Ahmedabad following her marriage and has been diligently tying a rakhi to PM Modi for more than 30 years. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in recent years, Mrs. Sheikh’s unwavering devotion to the tradition remained steadfast.
In the face of physical distance, Mrs. Sheikh ingeniously continued the tradition by sending handcrafted ‘rakhis’ to the Prime Minister through the postal service. Notably, last year, she went a step further and sent a rakhi along with her best wishes for the upcoming 2024 general election.
This year, Qamar Mohsin Sheikh is optimistic about the prospect of meeting Prime Minister Modi in person and rejoicing in the festival together. Demonstrating her dedication, she meticulously crafted a handmade rakhi for him and thoughtfully chose a gift—a book on agriculture, acknowledging the Prime Minister’s well-known fondness for reading.
In a heartfelt message, PM Modi’s Pakistani sister shared, “I extend my warm wishes to him on Raksha Bandhan. I offer my daily prayers for his good health and longevity. I truly believe that my wishes have a way of coming true. In the past, when I wished for him to become the Chief Minister of Gujarat, my wish was granted, and he ascended to the position.”
Mrs. Sheikh further reminisced, “Whenever I tied the Rakhi, I expressed my heartfelt desire for him to become the Prime Minister. His response was consistently positive—he would reassure me that all my wishes would be granted by the divine. His dedication to the nation is truly commendable.”
Raksha Bandhan is an annual festival of great significance that honors the cherished bond between siblings. In this traditional celebration, sisters lovingly tie a Rakhi around their brothers’ wrists as a symbol of their sincere hopes for a joyful and prosperous life. In return, brothers pledge their unwavering support and care.
As the festival approaches, the heartwarming tradition of Qamar Mohsin Sheikh tying a Rakhi to Prime Minister Modi exemplifies the enduring connections that transcend borders and embody the spirit of love, respect, and unity among people.