Despite a long history of rivalry and enmity between Pakistan and India, Pakistani woman Qamar Mohsin Sheikh calls Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi her brother and ties him rakhi every year on the day of the Hindu festival of Raksha Bandhan.
This year too Qamar Mohsin Sheikh will travel to New Delhi to tie Narendra Modi rakhi on August 30, when Hindus across the globe will be celebrating the festival of Raksha Bandhan. She will bring a handmade rakhi for Modi and also gift him a book on agriculture.
Indian media quoted Qamar Mohsin Sheikh as saying, “I wish him a happy Raksha Bandhan. I pray every day for his good health and long life. I believe that all my wishes will come true. Earlier, when I prayed for him to be the Chief Minister of Gujarat, he became the CM.”
She added, “Whenever I tied him rakhi, I expressed my desire for him to become the Prime Minister. His response was always affirmative, saying that all your wishes will be fulfilled by God. He is doing a commendable job for the country.”
Who is Qamar Mohsin Sheikh?
Qamar Mohsin Sheikh was born in Pakistan in 1953. She married an Indian man and moved to India in 1986. She has been sending a rakhi to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi every year for the last 27 years, but she is not actually related to him by blood. She knows Modi since his days with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and she has developed a close bond with him over the years.
Since Qamar Mohsin Sheikh did not have any family in India, she felt lonely and isolated. One day she met Modi and he was kind and welcoming to her. She felt an instant connection with him and started calling him brother.