Thirteen-year-old Aditi jumped in joy as she was among the students whom Prime Minister Narendra Modi had hugged while leaving the Red Fort after his address on the 73rd Independence Day on Thursday.
Aditi, and her friends Shagun, Arzoo and Jhalak all students of a government school in Yamuna Vihar and dressed in white, green and orange track suits swooned over the Prime Minister. They could hardly get over the fact that Mr. Modi had shaken hands with them.
Despite having understood little of what he said during the speech on the situation in Kashmir, tourism expansion, or economy, the children, aged 12 or 13, were busy listing reasons one should admire the Prime Minister.
The best thing about him is that he came and shook hands with the children and hugged them. The Chief Minister [of Delhi] has never done that, said Aditi, adding that she even managed to get a picture clicked with Mr. Modi to frame on the wall of her house.
Standing next to her, an excited Arzoo said, He [Mr. Modi] never looks sad or upset. He is always smiling and I love that.
Mujhe unka bhashan bohot accha lagta hai [I love to listen to his speech], said Khushi Sharma from another private school. When asked about what she liked the most about his speech, the 13-year-old was honest and replied that she did not understand much but she liked the way he spoke.
Not all, however, seemed overwhelmed. The ruckus that was created when Mr. Modi had gone to meet children in a crowd of thousands, disappointed many. Everyone wants to meet the Prime Minister in person or shake hands with him. But I saw students jumping over each other to greet him and so many of us got hurt. They were not organised, said a 14-year-old who did not wish to be named.
Talking about the speech, another teenager laughed as she said she felt asleep during Mr. Modis speech.