In 2000, when American president Bill Clinton visited her Rajasthan village, Mohini Devi tied him a rakhi. These days, the anganwadi worker holds everyday prayers for the electoral victory of her “sister-in-law”.
Of late, into the final run-up to the 58th US presidential polls , middle-aged Devi has been organizing neighbourhood congregations invoking the Almighty to help ensure the triumph of Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton, the wife of Bill.
“On her winning, I will distribute laddoos in the entire village,” Devi, 55, said on Tuesday when presidential polling was on in America.
Living in Nayla, a village situated near the state capital, Devi has been closely tracking the developments in the US presidential elections for some months now. She considers Bill Clinton her ‘rakhi brother’ and wants to leave no stone unturned to ensure that 69-year-old Hillary becomes the next president.
When President Clinton visited Nayla during his Holi-time India visit 16 years ago, he was “impressed to see the work our village women had done through self-help groups”, Devi recalled. “It was then, that I had tied him rakhi. Since then I have considered him as my brother,” she told HT.
Devi said that her doing “all the arrangements” to welcome the US president to the village impressed Clinton. “I remember singing Rajasthani songs to which he danced as the other women played music,” she trailed off. “Speaking in Marwari and Hindi, I conveyed the villagers’ gratitude to Clinton. He thanked us profusely.”
From then, Devi sent Clinton rakhis every year during Raksha Bandhan, she added.
The woman got a second chance to welcome Clinton to Nayla. That was in 2002, when he visited the village.
“For the last few days, I have been constantly holding prayers to ensure my bhabhi-ji becomes the president of America. In that event, I will distribute laddoos in the entire village,” said Devi.
On the chances of Donald Trump becoming the president, an emphatic Devi said that she was sure her “sister-in-law” will defeat the Republican nominee in the elections.
“My appeal to both bhaiya and bhabhi is that after Hillary becomes president, they come to visit Nayla once again with their daughter Chelsea,” said Devi.