PM Modi’s mother Hiraba dies at 100, cremated in Gandhinagar

Heeraben Modi was admitted to a hospital in Ahmedabad for some illness on Wednesday.

New Delhi | Updated: 30 December, 2022 10:01 am IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mother Hiraba Modi passed away at the age of 100 in Ahmedabad on Friday.

She was admitted to the UN Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre on Wednesday morning due to some health issues. On Thursday, the hospital said she was “recovering”.

Soon after the announcement, PM Modi posted a heartfelt tribute on Twitter: “A glorious century rests at the feet of God… In Maa, I have always felt that trinity, which contains the journey of an ascetic, the symbol of a selfless Karmayogi and a life committed to values.”

In a statement, the Modi family urged people to continue with “their pre-decided schedule and commitments”. “That would be a befitting tribute to Hiraba,” they said.

PM Modi shared a special bond with his mother and recently penned an article, detailing how the values taught by her shaped his personality.

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Visuals aired by television channels showed PM Modi giving support to his mother bier along with his brothers on their way from her residence to the crematorium ground in Ahmedabad.

The last rites of Hiraba were performed at Muktidham crematorium in Sector 30 Gandhinagar in the presence of a close group of family members and relatives.

PM Modi was scheduled to visit lay foundation stones and inaugurate multiple development projects in West Bengal on Friday, but he had to rush to Ahmedabad from Delhi. In a tweet, the prime minister’s office (PMO) said that he will attend the functions planned in West Bengal through video conference.

“PM @narendramodi will join today’s scheduled programmes in West Bengal via video conferencing. These programmes include the launch of key connectivity-related projects and the meeting of the National Ganga Council,” the PMO said.

Hiraba lived with PM Modi’s younger brother Pankaj Modi at Raysan village near Gandhinagar. He would regularly visit her residence and spend time with his mother during his visits to Gujarat.

In June this year, the prime minister wrote a blog on Hiraba’s 99th birthday, saying that various aspects of his mother’s life “shaped his mind, personality and self-confidence.”

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