Jonty Rhodes thanks Narendra Modi after PM takes to Twitter to wish India ‘happy birthday’

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Former South Africa cricketing icon Jonty Rhodes has thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for wishing his daughter ‘India’ on her birthday on Twitter.

for wishing his daughter ‘India’ on her birthday on Twitter. Aside from thanking the PM, Rhodes also lauded India in his tweet for having “so many amazing people”. “Thank u @narendramodi ji; baby India really has been blessed in the land of her birth, by so many amazing people #makeinindia,” Rhodes’ morning post said.

PM Modi had last night wished Rhodes’ daughter, named ‘India’, on her second birthday after the cricketer had wished her on his handle. Rhodes, an exceptional fielder in his playing days, had named his daughter India in April 2015. Rhodes, who is part of IPL side Mumbai Indians’ support staff, posted a picture of himself with his daughter, who turned two yesterday. “Happy Birthday baby India; 2 today #landofyourbirth,” Rhodes had tweeted.

Check out Rhodes’ tweet

@narendramodi Thank u @narendramodi ji; baby India really has been blessed in the land of her birth, by so many amazing people #makeinindia

— Jonty Rhodes (@JontyRhodes8) April 24, 2017

PM Modi thereafter tagged Rhodes and wrote,”Happy birthday to India, from India. :).” This, despite the fact that PM Modi had a full day of meetings on Sunday that included the one attended by all the chief ministers and thereafter another one that was meant exclusively for chief minsiters of BJP ruled states.

In 2015, Rhodes had said he appreciated that India has a rich mix of culture, heritage and tradition and that’s why he was naming his daughter ‘India’. “It is a very spiritual country, very forward-thinking nation. I really like that combination. You have to have a good balance of life. With the name like India, she will have the best of both worlds and that sort of balance,” Rhodes had said.

In 2016, Rhodes had even performed puja for his daughter India Jeanne Rhodes at Pejawar Mutt in Santacruz, Mumbai. He also had visited a temple in Tamil Nadu with his children. He had shared photo of the ritual on Instagram. “Performing Puja for baby India,” he had written then.