Narendra Modi is the current Prime Minister of India. Narendra Modi is the first Prime Minister of India who was born in “Independent India”. He represents Varanasi constituency in the Lok Sabha. He is the most prominent leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), He is considered a master strategist for his party. He has been the Chief Minister of Gujarat for four consecutive terms.
|Real Name||Narendra Damodardas Modi|
|Famous for||14th & Current Prime Minister of India|
|Date of Birth||17-Sep-50|
|Age(as in 2020)||70 years|
|Birth Place||Vadnagar, Gujarat|
|Home Town||Vadnagar, Gujarat|
|School||Higher Secondary School, Vadnagar, Gujarat|
|College/University||Gujarat University, Ahmedabad & University of Delhi, New Delhi, India|
|Educational Qualification||Bachelor of Arts in political science|
|Address||30, Shivalay Park Society Part 1, Pranami Nagar, Mahadev Nagar Tekra, Ahmedabad, Gujarat|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
|Hobbies||Doing Yoga, Reading|
Birth & Early Life
Narendra Damodardas Modi was born to a family of grocers in a town called Vadnagar in Mehsana district of Gujarat. He was born on 17 September 1950 to Damodardas Mulchand Modi and Heeraben Modi. The couple had six children among which Narendra Modi was the third eldest.
Modi completed his studies against all odds. His saga of struggle began when as a teenager, he, along with his brother, used to run a tea stall near a railway station in Ahmedabad. He did his schooling from Vadnagar and obtained a master’s degree in Political Science from Gujarat University. One of his school teachers described him as an average student but a brilliant debater. During his college days, he worked as a ‘pracharak’ (promoter) of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). He left home at the age of 17 years and travelled across the country for the next two years.
At a later stage, during the 1990s, when Modi served as the official spokesperson of the BJP in New Delhi, he completed a three-month long course in the US on public relations and image management.
One of his brothers, Somabhai, is a retired health officer who now runs an old age home in the city of Ahmedabad. Another of his brothers Prahlad, an activist on behalf of fair-price shop owners, has his own fair-price shop in Ahmedabad. His third brother Pankaj is employed with the Information Department in Gandhinagar.
In 1971 Narendra Modi became a full-time worker for the RSS. In June 1975, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared a state of emergency in India which lasted until 1977. During this period, many of her political opponents were jailed and opposition groups were banned. He was appointed general secretary of the “Gujarat Lok Sangharsh Samiti”, an RSS committee coordinating opposition to the Emergency in Gujarat. Shortly afterwards, the RSS was banned. He was forced to go underground in Gujarat and frequently travelled in disguise to avoid arrest. He became involved in printing pamphlets opposing the government, sending them to Delhi and organising demonstrations.
Narendra Modi was also involved with creating a network of safe houses for individuals wanted by the government, and in raising funds for political activists. During this period, He wrote a book in Gujarati, Sangharsh Ma Gujarat, describing events during the Emergency. Among the people, he met in this role was trade unionist and socialist activist George Fernandes, as well as several other national political figures. In his travels during the Emergency, he was often forced to move in disguise, once dressing as a monk, and once as a Sikh.
Narendra Modi became an RSS sambhag pracharak in 1978, overseeing RSS activities in the areas of Surat and Vadodara, and in 1979 he went to work for the RSS in Delhi, He returned to Gujarat a short while later, and was assigned by the RSS to the BJP in 1985. In 1987 he helped organise the BJP’s campaign in the Ahmedabad municipal election, which the BJP won comfortably; his planning has been described as the reason for that result by biographers. He officially joined the BJP in 1987, and a year later he was made the general secretary of the Gujarat branch of the party.
He was instrumental in greatly strengthening the party’s presence in the state in succeeding years. In 1990 he was one of the BJP members who participated in a coalition government in the state. He rose within the party and was named a member of the BJP’s National Election Committee in 1990, helping organise L. K. Advani’s 1990 Ram Rath Yatra in 1990 and Murli Manohar Joshi’s 1991-92 Ekta Yatra. However, he took a brief break from politics in 1992.
Narendra Modi returned to electoral politics in 1994, partly at the insistence of Advani, and as party secretary, Modi’s electoral strategy was considered central to the BJP victory in the 1995 state assembly elections. In November of that year, he was elected BJP national secretary and transferred to New Delhi, where he assumed responsibility for party activities in Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.
The following year, Shankersinh Vaghela, a prominent BJP leader from Gujarat, defected to the Congress after losing his parliamentary seat in the Lok Sabha elections. Narendra Modi, on the selection committee for the 1998 Assembly elections in Gujarat, favoured supporters of BJP leader Keshubhai Patel over those supporting Vaghela to end factional division in the party. His strategy was credited as key to the BJP winning an overall majority in the 1998 elections, and he was promoted to BJP general secretary in May of that year.
On 3 Oct 2001, Narendra Modi replaced Keshubhai Patel as Chief Minister of Gujarat, with the responsibility of preparing the BJP for the December 2002 elections. He was sworn in as Chief Minister on 7 October 2001 and entered the Gujarat state legislature on 24 February 2002 by winning a by-election to the Rajkot-II constituency.
Narendra Modi As Chief Minister
During his time as head of the Gujarat government, Narendra Modi established a formidable reputation as an able administrator, and he was given credit for the rapid growth of the state’s economy. He favored small government. His policies during his second term have been credited with reducing corruption in the state. He established financial and technology parks in Gujarat and during the 2007 Vibrant Gujarat summit, real-estate investment deals worth ₹6.6 trillion were signed. The governments led by Narendra Modi supported NGOs and communities in the creation of groundwater conservation projects. As a result, Sixty of the 112 tehsils which had depleted the water table in 2004 had regained their normal groundwater levels by 2010. As a result, the state’s production of genetically modified cotton increased to become the largest in India. From 2001 to 2010 Gujarat recorded an agricultural growth rate of 10.97 percent.
In 2008 Narendra Modi offered land in Gujarat to Tata Motors to set up a plant manufacturing the Nano after a popular agitation had forced the company to move out of West Bengal. Several other companies followed the Tata’s to Gujarat. His government finished the process of bringing electricity to every village in Gujarat. He significantly changed the state’s system of power distribution, greatly impacting farmers. Gujarat expanded the Jyotigram Yojana scheme, in which agricultural electricity was separated from other rural electricity; the agricultural electricity was rationed to fit scheduled irrigation demands, reducing its cost.
Narendra Modi’s 31 August 2012 post on Google Hangouts made him the first Indian politician to interact with citizens on a live chat. In addition, his and the party’s electoral performances helped advance his position as not only the most-influential leader within the party but also a potential candidate for prime minister of India. In June 2013 he was chosen the leader of the BJP’s campaign for the 2014 elections to the Lok Sabha. He led the BJP in the 2014 general election, which gave the party a majority in the Lok Sabha, the first time for any single party since 1984.
Favorite things of Narendra Modi
|Favorite TV Show||Not Known|
|Favorite Singer||Lata Mangeshkar|
|Favorite Sport||Not Known|
Marital Status and More
|Salary (Approx.)||160,000 Per Month|
|Net Worth||Rs.2.5 crore|
Social Media Presence
Awards and Recognition
Narendra Modi was named the Best Chief Minister in a 2007 nationwide survey by India Today. In March 2012, he appeared on the cover of the Asian edition of Time Magazine. He was awarded Indian of the Year by CNN-IBN news network in 2014. In 2014, 2015 and 2017 he was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He was also declared winner of the Time magazine reader’s poll for Person of the Year in 2014 and 2016.
Forbes Magazine ranked Narendra Modi the 15th Most Powerful Person in the World in 2014 and the 9th Most Powerful Person in the World in 2015, 2016 and 2018. In 2015, he was ranked the 13th Most Influential Person in the World by Bloomberg Markets Magazine. He was ranked 5th on Fortune magazine’s first annual list of the World’s Greatest Leaders in 2015.
In 2017, Gallup International Association (GIA) conducted a poll and ranked Narendra Modi as third top leader of the world. In 2016, a wax statue of Narendra Modi was unveiled at Madame Tussaud Wax Museum in London. In 2015 he was named one of Time 30 Most Influential People on the Internet as the second most followed politician on Twitter and Facebook. In 2018 he was the third most followed head of the state on Twitter and the most followed world leader on Facebook and Instagram. In October 2018, he received UN’s highest environmental award, the ‘Champions of the Earth’. He was conferred the 2018 Seoul Peace Prize.
Some Facts About Narendra Modi
- He became the 14th Prime Minister of India in 2014.
- He wanted to get into the Indian Army but due to financial constraints, he could not do so.
- He was born into a family of oil-pressing community.
- He was a tea seller at Vadnagar station.
- His father died of bone cancer in 1989.
- He used to mop the floor when he joined the RSS.
- In the past, he had done a 3-month course in the United States on Image Management and Public Relations.
- He is a great admirer and follower of Swami Vivekanand.
- He is the 2nd most followed world leader in the world.
- In 2010, under his leadership as the Chief Minister, Gujarat became the 2nd best state in India.
- It was believed that during his 13-year tenure as the Chief Minister of Gujarat, he never took a holiday.
- He believes in digitalization and has introduced movements such as the Digital India movement.
- His signature is always in Hindi and is known to stick to his mother tongue even at the United Nations.
- He is a fitness enthusiast and practices yoga every morning.