Why BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi kept his wife as a secret and revealed it just before the elections? In one of his rallies Modi has said that he is single and hence no need to do corruption. But do you think marriage and its responsibilities can make you corrupt? Anyways, the 63-year-old Modi is not a bachelor but married to Jashodaben Chimanlal Modi.
The truth came out at the time when he was filing his nomination papers for the Vadodara electoral seat. As per the Representation of the Peoples Act 1951, the person filing nomination papers has to declare the assets and liabilities of a spouse. Legal consequences of providing false details are very harsh.
Modi was 18 years old when he got married to Jashodaben Chimanlal Modi. She was 17 years old at the time of her marriage. For three years they lived together but Modi was a frequent traveler and used to travel to Himalayas for a never-to-return journey. Probably Modi was under the influence of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) which is very stern as far as Hinduism is concerned and it required a promise of celibacy. Even older brother of Narendra Modi, Sombhai Modi made it clear that his brother is married but also said that the marriage was forced on him as per the culture of the low Ghanchi caste in Vadnagar.
Modi’s wife, who is now a retired school teacher and staying in a one-bedroom house in Gujarat, said that she is not upset and has no hard feelings against her husband for not revealing her name and identity.
Opposition parties are making use of this truth. Congress is saying that how a person will take care of the country if he is not able to take care of his wife. In one of the articles it was written that after marriage Modi asked his wife to complete her education. Girls especially in rural India are not given the opportunities of getting basic education. To be a wife and a mother is the most important role of their lives and they are forced to marry at a very young age.
Keeping political talks and games on one side, a person should never hide the truth when hopes of millions of people are part of that personality. One can completely understand that at the time of marriage both were too young to understand it. They couldn’t undergo a legal separation because of the fear of social ostracism. But why Modi has not taken care of his wife after political gains. Can this be regarded as a way to disrespect?
He should have disclosed this earlier as being married does not make one unfit for the higher posts, I feel. Though this is indeed a personal issue, but when you are a public figure then you must not keep such things away from the public.