As she walks past elegant stone houses of Phuldanda, Mina is greeted by an elderly relative, Gau Bahadur Biswakarma, who kneels on the ground and respectfully touches her feet with his head.
Mina is overwhelmed by this gesture, and starts weeping uncontrollably, wiping tears with her red shawl. Being a Dalit activist, Gau Bahadur had never got the chance to stand for election, and wanted to bless Mina and her campaign.
The photo of Gau Bahadur touching Mina’s feet has been widely shared on Nepal’s social media, accompanied by many messages of support and best wishes for her candidacy.
Says Mina: “I think he was happy that even though he never got the chance to stand for elections, that I did even though I am a woman from a poor Dalit family. He touched my feet because it was these legs that have brought me so far.”
Adapted from the Nepali original in himalkahbar.com