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India's mysterious Modi reveals Nepal foster son

KATMANDU--When India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi traveled this week to Katmandu on a historic visit, he stunned observers by bringing along a surprise guest, his Nepalese foster son.

The 63-year-old prime minister is known to be extremely secretive about his personal life, and only acknowledged he was married a month before winning national elections in May.

But in a rare display of openness, Modi posted a series of tweets about the previously unknown Jeet Bahadur Magar, whom the premier has been assisting since discovering him as an 11-year-old boy in western India.

"I started showing my concern for Jeet Bahadur. Gradually, he took interest in academics, sports & even learnt (to speak) Gujarati," Modi tweeted.

The premier funded the boy's education and years later asked Nepalese business magnate Binod Chaudhary, head of the Chaudhary Group, to help him find his family in Nawalparasi district, about 250 kilometers southwest of Katmandu.

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