Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a special visitor at Coimbatore airport while he was out campaigning in Tamil Nadu on Friday.
The 12-year-old visitor, a child prodigy named Sabari Venkat, is a class topper and a good orator who has won many competitions for chanting slokas from the Bhagavad Gita. He is greatly inspired by Swami Vivekananda and loves to dress up like him. People call him a child scholar - ask him tough questions, he is ready with an answer.
The child scholar with the big bright smile has 90% blindness in his left eye and total blindness in the right.
The Prime Minister was so impressed with Sabari that he later tweeted their picture together.
According to a report in “Times of India” his parents earlier resided at Kozhinjampara near Pollachi along the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border, but sold off their agriculture land and relocated to Coimbatore city to ensure that Sabari is not left in his education or medical treatment.
Sabari has been earlier feted by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and many other leaders.