Jashodaben is an Indian teacher and the wife of Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.
Jashodaben Narendrabhai Modi was born as ‘Jashodaben Chimanlal Modi (maiden name)’ in the year 1952 (age 67 years; as in 2019) in Brahmanwada, Bombay State (presently Gujarat).
Family, Caste & Husband
Jashodaben belongs to the Modh Ghanchi (OBC) caste of Gujarat. Her father’s name is Chimanlal Modi. Her mother died when she was two years old. She has two brothers.
Jashodaben married Narendra Modi in 1968 according to her family customs.
Her Marriage With Modi
At the infant age of 3, she got engaged to Modi. Jashodaben got married Modi when she turned 11, in 1963. Modi and Jashodaben started living together (Gauna) when she turned 16, and Modi turned 18 in 1968. They were together only for three months. Modi separated from Jashodaben and wandered in the Himalayas practicing Sannyasa. She came into the eyes of media only after Modi acknowledged Jashodaben as his wife in his affidavit that he had submitted to contest for the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections from Vadodara Constituency.
Jashodaben did her SSC in 1974 and completed her teachers’ training in 1976. She then worked a teacher in a primary school from 1978 to 1990 in the Banaskantha district of Gujarat. In 1991, she moved to the Rajosana village and retired from her job.
Most of the time her marriage with Modi is mentioned in a controversial manner as she was never acknowledged as Modi’s wife officially before he filed the nomination for the 2014 Lok Sabha Election.
- After her marriage, she came to live with Modi and leaving her studies. Though, in an interview, she stated that Modi always wanted her to join school again and complete her education.
- After Modi went to practice sannyasa, she focused on her studies and completed her Secondary School Examination in 1972.
- After two years of separation from Modi, she was again struck with grief after her father died.
- Three years later, after Modi completed her sannyasa, he left home and contacted his family. He made plans to go Ahmedabad to work with his uncle, leaving Jashodaben behind.
- In an interview, she said that she was not in contact with Modi, but she wishes all the success for him.
- Jashodaben lives with her brother and his wife in Uljha, Gujarat.
- Before the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections, she pledged that she would not eat rice or anything made with it until Modi becomes the Prime Minister.
- She is not interested in politics, and even after Modi became the Prime Minister, she kept herself out of it and indulged herself in social works. After Modi’s win, she says,
Since it was made compulsory, he admitted to it. After so many years I felt good that he remembered me. I felt very happy on hearing this, why won’t I feel happy… He has never publicly said he was unmarried…. I am his wife and will always remain his wife. I am proud he is my husband. I have experienced the greatest joy that he is PM now. I will go and meet him when the time comes.”
- She was not invited to the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister of India.
- She is a huge supporter of BJP. Jashoshaben is a devoted social worker and was a part of the protest in Azad Maidan against the demolition of the slums.