Raksha Bandhan, for past 36 years, has been the same for Qamar Mohsin Shaikh. During this brother-sister, she has a special rakhi picked out for her brother from another mother.
As the country eagerly plunges into the festivity mood, Shaikh will meet her ‘brother’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence in the capital city on August 15.
Shaikh, a Pakistan-origin, has been continuing the rakhi-tying tradition every year since the first time she met PM Modi, long before he came into political forefront.
During his initial days with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Shaikh met him when she came to Delhi. She was on a short visit to the capital city with her husband on the auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan then. This visit of her’s found her a brother to keep, who later rose to become the present Prime Minister of India.
Speaking to media, Shaikh said, “I get the opportunity to tie rakhi to elder brother once every year, I’m happy. I pray that the next 5 years go so well for him that the whole world recognizes the positive decisions he made. I pray for his good health.”
Though, PM Modi holds highest office in the country today, the brother-sister duo has kept their special tradition intact. This year, Shaikh is expected to meet PM Modi to tie the rakhi and celebrate the festival of Raksha Bandhan.