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PM Modi performs last rites of his mother Heeraben Modi, she died at 99; Modi to attend all scheduled programmes after funeral

Heeraben celebrated her 99th birthday in June itself. Prime Minister Modi had come to meet her at that time. During that time the PM washed Heeraben’s feet and had applied the same water to his eyes.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi lit fire to the pyre of his mother Heeraben Modi at 9:26 am on Friday. During the last rites, he took the dead body of his mother on his shoulder and left the house in Gandhi Nagar. During the procession, he kept sitting close to the dead body in the hearse itself.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mother Heeraben Modi passed away on Friday morning. She was 99 years old. PM Modi’s mother breathed her last at 3:30 am at the UN Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre in Ahmedabad. She was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday late night after she complained of breathlessness. She also had a complaint of phlegm.

PM Modi reached Ahmedabad at 7:45 am. From here he directly went to brother Pankaj Modi’s house in Raysan village of Gandhinagar. Heeraben’s procession began as soon as PM Modi arrived. PM Modi went to the hearse and carried her body on his shoulder. The PM also sat in the hearse. The procession has reached the crematorium located in Sector-30.

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PM Modi will participate in all scheduled programmes post funeral

The PMO tweeted and informed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend all his scheduled programmes after the funeral of his mother.

He will also launch important projects in Bengal through video conferencing.

PM Modi gave information about his mother’s death in a tweet

PM Modi informed about his mother Heeraben’s death by a tweet. On Friday morning at 6:20 am, he wrote – The glorious century rests at the feet of God. In mother, I have always felt that trinity, which includes the journey of an ascetic, the symbol of a selfless karma yogi and a life committed to values.

Modi further wrote- When I met her on her 100th birthday, she had said one thing, which he would always remember. She had said to him to work with intelligence and live life with purity.

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Heeren celebrated her 99th birthday in June itself. Prime Minister Modi had come to meet her at that time. During that time the PM washed Heeraben’s feet and had applied the same water to his eyes.

Leaders across the country express condolences

Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted that mother is the first friend and teacher of a person’s life. The pain of losing whom is undoubtedly the biggest pain in the world.

BJP President JP Nadda wrote- Hiraba ji’s struggling and virtuous life is always inspiring, whose love and integrity gave the country successful leadership. Mother’s departure is an irreparable loss, it is impossible to fill this void.

UP Chief Minister Yogi tweeted, mother is the whole world for a son. The death of a mother is an unbearable and irreparable loss for a son. The demise of respected mother of PM Modi is very sad. May Lord Shri Ram give place to the departed pious soul at his holy feet.

PM Modi had come to see his ailing mother on Wednesday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Ahmedabad on Wednesday to checkup on his ailing mother Heeraben. He was in the hospital for about an hour and 20 minutes. During this, after talking to the doctors, he got information about the health and treatment of the mother. Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and some other ministers of the state were also present with him in the hospital.

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The Hill Of Enchantment Review: Ruskin Bond revisits his life as writer

The book not only delineates Ruskin Bond’s journey as a writer but also depicts the changing literary landscape from the 1950s to recent times.

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The Hill Of Enchantment Review: Ruskin Bond revisits his life as writer

India’s most loved and prolific writer from the hill, who wrote his first book when he was around 17, Ruskin Bond, turned 90 this year. In his seven decade literary journey, the author has written more than 500 novels, short stories, and poems set mostly in the hills and mountains of India. 

The Hill Of Enchantment published by Aleph Book Company, is a memoir of his writing journey, with the subtitle, the story of my life as a writer. Bond revisits the people, mountains, railway stations, rooms, and markets that shaped him as an author. He says, characters in his novels and short stories are mostly inspired by the people he met in his life. The author confesses that some characters also portray his adopted family, friends and colleagues. 

Expressing that if a writer wishes to create a little magic with his pen he must find a little magic in his life, Ruskin Bond shares that he only has to open his window to see a magical world – clouds racing across the sky. In the book, the author mentioned how Pari Tibba, Fairy Hill, which he could see from his window, and solitude has influenced his books.

In The Hill of Enchantment, Ruskin Bond pens about how his need for privacy and solitude have inspired his first work, The Room on the Roof, published in 1956. He also portrayed how his frequent visits to a railway station led to the story, Time Stops At Shamli and others. Sharing an anecdote, Bond wrote that his frequent visits to railway stations made him so popular, just like a coolie, he did not have to buy a platform ticket to sit at the railway station.

The book also highlights the ordeal of Indian writers in the days dating back to 1950s to get published as compared to modern writers. It pointed out the change in the literary scene in the twenty-first century, which brought literary festivals along with online forums for writers and publishers. The author says, “writers were becoming faces and mini celebrities”. 

Ruskin Bond’s book not only delineates his journey as a writer but also stresses on the changing literary landscape from 1950s to recent times. The book is an utter testament for the aspiring writers. 

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Amit Shah claims NDA has already got 310 seats after 5 phases of Lok Sabha elections

Shah was addressing 2 election rallies in Sambalpur where the BJP has fielded Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

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Amit Shah claims NDA has already got 310 seats after 5 phases of Lok Sabha elections

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday claimed that the NDA has already bagged 310 seats after the completion of 5 phases of the Lok Sabha polls. He urged the people of Odisha to free the state from babu-raj and allow the BJP to form government at the Centre and also in the state.  Shah was addressing 2 election rallies in Sambalpur where the BJP has fielded Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

Shah claimed after the 5th phase of elections, the NDA has already got 310 seats and they will secure 400 plus seats after the 6th and 7th rounds of elections. The union home minister added that Odisha has been ruled by a handful of officers and this election will end the ongoing babu raj in the state.

He said that the tribals of Keonjhar get no benefit even though most of the mines and mineral reserves of the country are located in Keonjhar district. Shah enlisted Modi government’s achievements and said that the prime minister has ensured that there is no terrorism across the country. He added that PoK (Pakistan occupied Kashmir) was with India and it would remain with India.

Shah criticized Congress of being frightened over Pakistan possessing an atom bomb and said PM Modi has given a befitting reply to Pakistan’s terror activities and he does not fear such threat of nuclear bombs. He attacked the previous Congress government for doing nothing for tribals. Shah pointed out that former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee had formed a separate ministry for tribal affairs while Narendra Modi as the PM has worked to eliminate Naxalism in Odisha, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

The Union Home Minister said PM Modi has constituted District Mineral Foundation and given crores of rupees for the development of the tribal region. Shah said the budgetary allocation for tribal affairs has been increased to Rs 1.25 lakh crore during Modi government from Rs 25,000 crore given during the previous UPA regime.

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Congress accuses PM Modi of communal campaigning, questions his silence on key issues like caste census, reservations

Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh’s attack came over Modi’s remarks in an interview to the media in which he had said that he has never uttered a word against minorities, and the BJP has not just today but never acted against them.

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Congress accuses PM Modi of communal campaigning, questions his silence on key issues like caste census, reservations

The Congress on Tuesday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had been indulging in polarisation throughout the election and has prepared a communal pitch, but Congress refused to play on that and pursued its paach nyay agenda. Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh’s attack came over Modi’s remarks in an interview to the media in which he had said that he has never uttered a word against minorities, and the BJP has not just today but never acted against them.

Jairam Ramesh said that PM Modi’s entire campaign from April 19 has been based on communalisation with the Hindu-Muslim rhetoric throughout and has not talked about Viksit Bharat, issues of the farmers, Modi ki guarantee, women, youth workers, SCs, STs and OBCs.

Speaking about the remarks made by PM Modi on minorities, Ramesh said what nonsense was he talking about?  He further added the prime minister is fast losing his memory and he has never had any adherence to truth. Ramesh called PM Modi a jhoothjeevi and said PM Modi does not remember what he said the day before and then claims that he never said it.

Ramesh said the prime minister had raised the issue of Muslim League imprint on the Congress manifesto, the mangalsutra remarks and the allegation that the Congress will give reservations on the basis of religion, which are all bogus statements.

He said this is the prime minister who, when asked some years ago whether he had any remorse at the killings during the Gujarat riots, said even when a small puppy comes under a car, one feels bad. This is the language that he had been using. Ramesh claimed that when Atal Bihari Vajapayee became the prime minister, L K Advani and company wanted a committee to review the basic structure of the Constitution. Ramesh said Congress boycotted that commission and this has always been the objective of the BJP and the RSS.

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