Menlo Park (California): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today turned emotional while talking about his mother during the question and answer session at the Facebook headquarters here and narrated how she had gone through trials and hardships to raise him.
'My father is no more and I have my mother who is over 90 years old but still does everything herself. Even though she is illiterate, she keeps abreast of the news through television,' Prime Minister Modi said.
When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asked the Prime Minister to tell some experiences from his life about his mother, the latter broke down while remembering how she used to do labour and hard chores to bring him up.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shake hands after a Townhall meeting, at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California, on September 27, 2015. Pic/ AFP
'When we were small, what my mother did for a living and for our family to survive was to go to our neighbour¿s house and clean utensils. You can imagine what a mother had to do and what she must have gone thorough to raise her kids. This is not just the case of Narendra Modi, there are lakhs of mothers who have sacrificed their entire lives for their children. And for that, I would like to thank and praise all mothers everywhere,' Prime Minister Modi said.
He also commended Zuckerberg's parents, who were present at the session, for giving birth and raising such a person who had 'digitally united the world'.
Speaking about his own family, Prime Minister Modi said he came from humble beginnings and that he used to sell tea at a railway station.
'No one can imagine that a tea seller became the leader of the world's biggest democracy and I would like to salute the citizens of India, who chose a commoner like me,' he added.
The Prime Minister received a standing ovation after he spoke about his mother by the crowd.