Meet Qamar Mohsin Shaikh, Narendra Modi's 'rakhi sister' from Pakistan, who hasn't missed a Raksha Bandhan in 20 years

Women from various segments of society celebrated Raksha Bandhan with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. From Vrindavan widows to schoolgirls, women visited Modi's official residence in New Delhi to tie the prime minister a "rakhi". But one of the most heart rending stories on the occasion was a little less further from home.

Qamar Mohsin Shaikh, originally from Pakistan, has been faithfully tying a "rakhi" to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for over 20 years.

Speaking to ANI from New Delhi, Qamar said, "I have been tying a rakhi to Narendra bhai for the last 22-23 years. I'm excited to do it this time too."

Qamar arrived in India from Pakistan after her marriage and has been living in India since. Presently living in Ahmedabad, Shaikh travelled to Delhi on Monday to tie the thread of sibling bond on Modi's wrist, the way she says she has been doing for the last 23 years.

One of the highlights for her was when she received a call from the prime minister himself. "This time I thought Prime Minister Modi must be busy, but he called me two days ago. I was very happy to know that; I started preparing for Raksha Bandhan," she said. "I told him whatever I am today is because of you. He put his hand on my head to bless me. He asked me about my son Sufian and my husband Mohsin. I feel like the luckiest and happiest person in the world."

She recounted that her first ever Raksha Bandhan with Modi was when he was an RSS karyakarta. "When I first tied rakhi to Narendra bhai, he was a karyakarta. He has become the prime minister with his sheer hard work and vision," she said.

Asked what gift she wanted from Modi on Raksha Bandhan, Shaik said, "I just need his blessings. His blessings are what count the most. His blessings are with me and that is why I am here. I will always remember him. His hand is behind my every success." She also shared how Modi would express the desire to see the paintings drawn by her husband and how he would also joke with his son, who she says is a swimmer and calls the prime minister "maama".

Modi also greeted citizens of India on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.

With inputs from IANS

Updated Date: Aug 07, 2017 17:25:39 IST