Udhampur: Faheem Nazir Shah is walking from Srinagar to Delhi on foot, hoping that his journey of about 815 km will attract Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s attention and get an opportunity to meet him.
“I am a big fan of Prime Minister Modi,” said the 28-year-old, who works as a part-time electrician in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar. He reached Udhampur on Sunday after walking more than 200 km.
Shah, who hails from Srinagar’s Shalimar area, took short breaks in his visit that began two days ago, saying his dream of meeting the prime minister at the end of the arduous journey would come true.
“I am going to Delhi on foot to meet him (Modi) and I hope to attract the attention of the Prime Minister. Meeting the Prime Minister is my cherished dream,” he said. PM did not succeed.
Shah said he has been following the prime minister on social media for the past four years and that his speeches and actions have “touched my heart”.
“At one time, when he was giving a speech at a rally, he suddenly stopped hearing the ‘Azaan’ (Muslim call for prayer), leaving the public astonished… That gesture of our Prime Minister touched my heart. Liya and I became his ardent fan,” he said.
Shah said that in the last two-and-a-half years, he has made several attempts to meet Prime Minister Modi in Delhi. “During the last visit of the Prime Minister to Kashmir, the security personnel did not allow me to meet him,” he said.
“This time I am sure I will get a chance to meet the prime minister,” Shah said.
Asked about the change that happened after the scrapping of special status of Jammu and Kashmir and making it a Union Territory from a state in 2019, he said the change is visible as Prime Minister Modi’s focus is on Jammu and Kashmir.
“The situation is changing, development activities are taking place at a good pace and the Union Territory is moving ahead,” he said.
Shah said that he wants to discuss with the PM the problems of educated and unemployed youth and the development of the industrial sector in the Union Territory.