While talking about his mother at the Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park, California, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was reduced to tears when he acknowledged all the hardships that his mother had to face while bringing him up.
Modi, who was attending a Q&A session along with Facebook CEO Mark Zukerberg, took questions about everything from social media to women’s issues to even his mother, but it was the question about his parents and the role that they played bringing him up that brought tears to the Indian PM’s eyes.
Modi, while talking about his parents, said:
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“I came from a very humble family. It’s hard to imagine that a tea seller has become the leader of the world’s greatest democracy. For that I would like to thank the country. My father is no longer with us. My mother is over 90 years old now. She does all her work herself. She is not educated, but through television she knows what is happening in the news, when we were young, to get by, we used to go to our neighbours’ houses and clean the dishes, fill water, so you can imagine what a mother has to do to raise her children. There are thousands of mothers like that and I salute them,”
Mark Zuckerberg who had welcomed Narendra Modi earlier in the day by saying he was impressed by how social media savvy the Indian Prime Minister was, put several question to Modi that were both his own and also those posted by Facebook users from across the planet who had been invited by Zukerberg to post questions.
While over 37,000 comments were made in reply, Mark was able to scope only a few to ask the Indian Prime Minister in such a short time.
Here is Narendra Modi talking about his parents during his visit to the Facebook HQ: