Indian PM reveals Nepalese foster son
When India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelled this week to Kathmandu on a historic visit, he stunned observers by bringing along a surprise guest, his Nepalese foster son.
The 63-year-old prime minister is known to be extremely secretive about his personal life, and only acknowledged he was married a month before winning national elections in May.
But in a rare display of openness, he posted a series of tweets about the previously unknown Jeet Bahadur Magar, whom the premier has been assisting since discovering him as an 11-year-old boy in western India.
“I started showing my concern for Jeet Bahadur. Gradually, he took interest in academics, sports & even learnt (to speak) Gujarati,” Mr Modi tweeted.
The premier funded the boy’s education and years later asked Nepalese business magnate Mr Binod Chaudhary, head of the Chaudhary Group, to help him find his family in Nawalparasi district, about 250 km southwest of Kathmandu.
Mr Magar, now 27, who is still living in India but has reconnected with relatives, accompanied Mr Modi on his two-day visit to Nepal so the premier could meet his family, AFP reported. The trip ended on Monday (Aug 4).
“The prime minister wanted to personally bring them together,” Mr Madhusudan Poudel, head of communications at the Chaudhary Group, told AFP.
Photos of the reunion on Sunday – showing Mr Modi, his foster son and his family – were posted on the Indian foreign ministry’s Twitter account.
Mr Magar is pursuing a business degree in Gujarat and will return to India after spending some time with his family.
“The whole world now recognises Narendra Modi, but for me he is my big brother,” he told India’s ANI news agency.
Source: AFP, ANI