Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recently concluded Nepal visit was termed “historic” by the media. Modi, to an extent, has succeeded in his attempts to forge “a new relationship” with the Himalayan republic. But what made more headlines was neither the visit to the country and meeting top political leaders nor his visiting the country's most important Hindu temple. It was Modi’s personal agenda in Nepal, of reuniting a boy named Jeet Bahadur to his family.
Jeet Bahadur left his home in Nawalparasi district of Nepal along with his elder brother Dasrath in 1998 to earn a living in India. When nothing worked, he decided to go back to Nepal, but ended up going to Ahmedabad. Modi saw Bahadur when he was 10 years old not knowing where to go. He had taken care of the boy, now in his 20s and paid for his education and accommodation.
A series of tweets from Modi revealed that he would be taking the boy who he had been supporting for years, along with him to Nepal. Modi had tweeted online about Bahadur before his visit and it was an instant hit.
“Years ago I met a child from Nepal, Jeet Bahadur who did not know where he was headed. I started showing my concern for Jeet Bahadur. Gradually, he took interest in academics, sports & even learnt Gujarati!” goes the twitter message from the Prime Minister. As the Hindustan Times reported, “it was an emotional moment at Hotel Hyatt Residency in Kathmandu on Sunday afternoon as Prime Minister Narendra Modi handed over his ‘godson’ Jeet Bahadur Saru Magar to his parents." Modi was able to track Bahadur’s parents and united him with his family during the Nepal visit. Bahadur, who hails from a poor family, is pursuing his BBA in Ahmedabad. Modi sponsors his education and stay.
The reunion made headlines and the people praised Modi for his humanitarian act. But the media later revealed that the reunion was a lie, a publicity stunt by the Prime Minister himself.
CNN-IBN live released screenshots of Bahadur’s Facebook posts which he had posted online while in Nepal in 2012. "Hey Fri. Today is I m v happy. Bcos I m my home (Nepal) (sic)", Bahadur had posted on June 19, 2012. The Facebooks posts clearly shows that the boy had met with his family two years ago. Questions were raised as to why Modi hid the fact and misled Nepal. The social media has exposed his lie and the fact that it may be for cheap publicity, is contemptible.