For the last 25 or 26 years, Yogi Adityanath’s sister has not been able to tie a rakhi (sacred thread) on the wrist of her brother. And though this fact pains her heart, Shashi is happy that her brother is serving the society.
Yogi Adityanath hails from Uttarakhand’s Panchur in Pauri district. He was born Ajay Singh Bisht in 1972. At the age of 22, he left home and subsequently became Yogi Adityanath.
Yet his family resides in the same village and even though Yogi Adityanath is now the Chief Minister of the country’s most populous state, there has been no change in their lives.
The CM’s sister still leads a humble life selling tea, prasad (food for religious offering) and eatables to the travelers from a small dhaba (roadside food stall) in the hills.
Everyone in the family is happy and content with their lives, and do not have any special expectations for themselves from the CM.
In interviews to different news channels, Shashi has stated that she does not wants to go to her brother’s place in Uttar Pradesh and is very happy in the hills.
She said that all she wants, and wishes for, is that her brother continues to work for the welfare of the people and make a name for himself.
She says that she now sends the Raksha Bandhan thread to the New Delhi address of her brother and hopes that it reaches him.
As a monk, Yogi Adityanath had to renounce his family. The family says that ever since Yogi Adityanath adopted the life of a monk, he stayed away from them and they had to learn to stay away from him.
Yet the family remains very supportive of the CM and want him to excel in this new responsibility and work for everyone irrespective of religion. All they want is that the CM devotes himself wholeheartedly for the welfare of the people for whom he left the worldly life.
When asked why the family never felt the need to move to Delhi, his younger brother said in an interview to ABP that the family believes that if everyone leaves the hills there will be no one left to care about the lands. He said that staying in the village and making it better is what they try to do.
Yogi Adityanath, on his part, too, does not extend any special privileges to his family. This is exactly the manner in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi treats his own family.
No member of the Prime Minister’s family has benefitted from him. They are simply happy with the fact PM Modi is serving the society.
Many of the PM’s family members lead humble lives. One of the relatives is a scrapdealer, another is a petrol pump attendant, and yet another is a helper at a charitable gaushala (cow shed).
Yet his brothers, his cousins and their families are proud of his achievements but never use their familial link with the PM for anything.
And PM Modi, too, maintains a distance from his family members. Unlike many of the previous prime ministers, none of the family members, not even the PM’s mother, stays with him.