New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be undertaking a two-day official visit of Nepal from Sunday (August 3), and there is one person who is eagerly looking forward to that event, and wishing him all success for the trip - his Nepal-origin ward-Jeet Bahadur.
Speaking to a news agency in an exclusive interview ahead of the visit, Jeet Bahadur, for whom Prime Minister Modi has acted as a guardian for nearly two decades, and sponsored his education in India, said he had come into contact with Modi when he was small, and had ever since looked up to him as an "elder brother".
"He (the Prime Minister) is like a `Bade Bhai` (elder brother) to me. I met him when I was little, and he took care of me like his own son. He has provided me with quality education and guided me throughout. I wouldn`t be where I am (today) without him," Jeet Bahadur told ANI.
He further revealed that a little more than two years ago, Modi, who was then the chief minister of Gujarat, was given information about his family in Nepal.
Recalling that time, he said that when Modi asked the family in Nepal for verification to establish the relationship, Jeet`s mother said that her son`s two toes on his left leg were co-joined or fused.
"About two years back, `Bade Bhai` (Modi) found my parents. My mother told him that I`ve fused toes on my left foot. `Bade Bhai` asked me about my fused toes, and then told me that he had found my family. My biggest achievement in life is that I`ll meet my family along with my `Bade Bhai`," said Jeet, who is expected to accompany the Prime Minister.
Asked what his expectations were from Prime Minister Modi`s two-day visit to Nepal, Jeet said: "The world knows him (Narendra Modi) as the Prime Minister, but for me he is and will always be my "Bade Bhai (Big Brother)."
A poor Nepali migrant, Bahadur came to Gujarat from New Delhi in 1998. He met Modi met by chance then, and the latter decided to look after him. He is now pursuing a BBA degree from Ahmedabad.