Indian skiing athlete Aanchal Thakur recently won a bronze medal in Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup in Turkey. Many great personalities of the country extended their congratulatory messages to her. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated Aanchal through Twitter, but now a new thing has come up. Actually, Aanchal's father Roshan Thakur has taught Paragliding to PM Modi. This has been disclosed by Roshan himself.
According to The Indian Express, in 1997, as PM Modi went to Himachal Yatra for campaigning with BJP workers. Then he also went to the Solang Valley of Manali. During that time, Modi had learned paragliding from the institute run by Thakur.
“Probably, he doesn’t know that he had tweeted the name of the girl whose father’s name he mentioned in Manali two months ago. I was among the crowd but did not get an opportunity to meet him,” says Thakur.
Roshan Thakur said that he was still in touch with PM Modi. In 2012, when Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, he had called him to visit the Adventure Sports Institute in Saputara.
Anchal's father Roshan Thakur is the General Secretary of the Winter Games Federation of India.
In the recent Himachal Pradesh election campaign, PM Modi mentioned this incident in a rally. In the rally, Modi had mentioned that he is the fan of Paragliding of Manali, long ago he had come here and enjoyed it.
Significantly, it is India's first medal in skiing at the international level. On Tuesday, 21-year-old Aanchal won this medal in a competition organized at PalanDoken Ski Center.