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Modi hands over ‘godson’ Jeet Bahadur to parents
Utpal Parashar, Hindustan Times
Kathmandu, August 03, 2014
First Published: 13:46 IST(3/8/2014)
Last Updated: 14:54 IST(3/8/2014)

It was an emotional moment at Hotel Hyatt Residency in Kathmandu on Sunday afternoon as Prime Minister Narendra Modi handed over his ‘godson’ Jeet Bahadur Saru Magar to his parents.

Jeet, who had been staying with Modi for over 15 years, had accompanied Modi on his Nepal visit.

“I never dreamt that I will come back to Nepal in this manner along with Modiji and be able to meet my family,” the elated 27-year-old told media persons soon after.

Prime minister Narendra Modi with the family of Jeet Bahadur (3R) in Kathmandu, Nepal. (PTI photo)

His family members, mother Khagisara, brother Dasrath and his wife and younger sister Prem Kumari had come to Kathmandu all the way from their village in Nawalparasi district.

The Indian embassy in Kathmandu had arranged for their stay and they were staying in the same hotel as Modi.

“It’s an amazing moment. I had just given birth to Jeet, but it is Modi who was kind enough to my son. He is very benevolent,” an emotional Khagisara said.

Nepali industrialist Binod Chaudhary who played a part in finding Jeet’s parents also expressed happiness at being witness to the family reunion.

“It was nice to see the family getting reunited after such a long time,” Nepal’s first dollar billionaire said.

It was in 2011 during a visit to Gujarat when Modi had told Chaudhary about Jeet and asked him to search for his parents. The Nepali industrialist with Indian roots was able to locate the family.

The last time Jeet came to Nepal was in 2011.

It was in 1998 when a young Jeet left for India from his home in Nawalparasi district of Nepal along with elder brother Dasrath in the hopes of earning a livelihood.

Dasrath was already working at a house in Delhi and soon Jeet also started working in another place. But unable to cope, he fled to Rajasthan. There too he failed to find a ‘good home’ and left.

With the intention of returning home, he got into a train hoping to go to Gorakhpur, the town in Uttar Pradesh located on the Indo-Nepal border. But instead he got into a wrong train that went to Ahmedabad.

On the way he met a kind woman and soon found his way to Modi’s home. Jeet’s luck turned soon after. The Gujarat strongman started taking care of the boy and ensured he got a good education.

These days he is pursuing BBA from Rai University. “I would like to pursue my studies and India and dream of transforming Nepal like Modi transformed Gujarat,” he said.


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