Monday morning I had just logged on to my Facebook account was scrolling through the updates suddenly I was awestruck to see 45,000+ likes on a single photograph. It wasn’t Kareeena Kapoor from “Heroine”, nor was it a “Barfi” poster; it was the picture of Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Narendra Modi seeking the blessings of his mother on his birthday. It was mesmerizing to see an emotional picture of Chief Minister with his mother. With 6000+ comments out of curiosity I just checked out few of them. One of the comments stated that “A salute to the mother who gave birth to this great man”
It’s a generic belief that the lives of the celebrities are extremely luxurious. But there was a striking difference in the picture I saw. In the background of the picture was a simple beautiful home, and I was stunned to find that the residence of Mr. Modi(Chief Minister for around a decade) was somewhere similar to the one where I live or a number middle-class people like me live. I could actually relate my life with a celebrity. 4000 days, 11 years, is not a short period to build a palace yet this person chose to reside in a simple home, seek blessings of parents, eat simple, and dress simple. It was as if am watching one of my friend’s picture.
Victory and power are something which at once make people forget their traditions. Right from their homes to their lifestyles everything changes in moments, with an additional power and the ethics blow in the air. Lifestyle of Mr. Modi is totally vivid on these grounds. He is victorious and is in power since 11 years but an inch of a luxury hasn’t touched him yet. Recently in the Google+ hangout session of Mr. Modi he mentioned the secret behind the all famed “Modi Kurta”. He had cut the sleeves for convenience but he said “My simplicity has become fashion.”
I was curious to know about the life of Mr. Modi. And it was a great pleasure to know that this man does not have any image consultant, neither a designer nor did he live in a gigantic palace. His day begins with Pranayam early in the morning, he wears a simple Kurta like my dad, has Khichdi(a traditional Gujarati cuisine) in the routine diet, lives in a simple home like mine, celebrates the occasions with loved ones. This is the life of the person who has been serving as a Chief Minister of one of the massively developed states of India, Gujarat and an average Indian Middle class lives a similar life.
Mr. Modi usually states that “I didn’t become CM on 07-10-2001. I have always been CM, I am CM today and shall be CM forever. For me CM means not Chief Minister but Common Man” this merely meant to me a Quote made of Great words, but an assortment of instances in past few days made me believe and trust these words of Mr. Modi. He is truly a CM: Common Man.
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