Who is Narendra Modi?
He is the 14th Prime Minister of India. That will be his official identity but apart from calling him that, he is also known as India’s favourite ‘Chaiwaalaa’ or probably the worlds. This terminology may seem to be displeasing for some but the story behind it is – A young Narendra Damodardas Modi, born in a town of Gujarat, India, was a helping hand to his father who sold tea. The young lad then opened up his own tea stall to make and break bread. This little kid who started his existence as a ‘Chaiwaalaa’ then went on to become one of the most important individuals for the country of India with his hard work and dedication.
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Narendra Modi – The Beginning
Date of Birth: 17th September 1950.
He was one of the six children born to Damodardas Mulchand Modi and Hiraben Modi. The family belonged to the oil-presser community known as the Modh-Ghanchi-Teli.
At a young age of 8, Narendra Modi joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a right-wing Hindu nationalist volunteer organization. Following this introduction to the organization, there was no turning back for Narendra Modi. He began with attending training sessions as a Balswayamsevak for RSS. Under the mentorship of Lakshmanrao Inamdar, one of the founding members of RSS in Gujarat, he trained for his political career ahead. Inamdar played a very important role in making Modi what he is today.
Apparently, the lad wasn’t great at his studies but was an avid reader and spent a lot of time among books. This helped him develop his public speaking skills, and we do get to know that whenever he takes the podium. Along with reading, he was also interested in theatre.
Narendra Modi – The Marriage
Moving forward at the age of 18, he had a traditional arranged marriage with Jashodaben. The marriage didn’t really see a lot of rising suns as Modi decided to practice Sanyasa in the Himalayas. Modi took off to the Himalayas as planned leaving Jashodaben at his family home. At that time, Jashdaben was in school and continued her schooling.
Modi made no contact with his family for three whole years and then one fine day he did. The man already had a plan in place and that plan didn’t include his wife. Before leaving for Ahmedabad and working for his uncle, Modi had arguments with his family as they tried to save their marriage, but nothing helped.
Jashodaben too focused on her career and later became a teacher at a local school. She retired as a teacher and in all her life has been away from Modi’s fame and importance. Till the 2014 Indian General Elections, Modi had always remained tight-lipped about his married life but due to a certain Representation of the People Act, Modi had to declare some personal details.
Due to this disclosure, Modi’s wife came under the limelight and many media instances followed.
Narendra Modi – The Minister
In 1975, the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, declared The Emergency. ‘The Emergency’ is declared by the government when the nation is in danger due to external or internal affairs. In such a situation, the Government practices actions that will help them regain control over the nation’s constitutional procedures. This involves arresting the protestors, censoring the media, etc.
It was this incident that got Modi appointed as the General Secretary of the Gujarat Lok Sangharsh Samiti. This organization was fighting against the Emergency situation in Gujarat. The emergency had a huge impact and got RSS banned thus forcing Modi to go underground. Even under the emergency, he continued with his activities and helped political refugees and activists to stay safe. This continued till the emergency was called off in 1977.
Further, he ranked up in RSS and was dedicated to serving the organization. In the year 1985, Modi was appointed in BJP by the RSS and the rest in history. His planning helped the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) with their campaigns. In his time with BJP, Modi took a break in 1992 and returned to politics in 1994. Once back he made his way up in the party and was the key member of the BJP’s win by the majority in the 1998 elections.
In 2001 even with the lack of experience, Modi convinced the Party and was ready to take up a huge responsibility of being a minister and everything that came with it. It was 7th October 2001, when Modi became the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
While chairing as Gujarat’s CM, Modi had to face a lot of turbulence including the demand of his resignation, the aftermath of the tragic Gujarat riots, and so on. But the dedicated Modi stood strong and won another tenure of being the CM of Gujarat. It is believed that Modi’s first term as the state’s CM was driven by a religious agenda and the second focused on Gujarat’s economic development.
Many believe that Modi changed the face of Gujarat and transformed it into a huge business hub but there still remains a debate of how successful he was in doing it. Even after this, he’s still regarded as the individual who brought better days for the state of Gujarat. And with this on his report card he played for the ultimate minister-ship of India.
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Narendra Modi – Mr Prime Minister.
After a successful stint as the CM, Modi was ready to take down the nationals. He kept no stone unturned for the 2014 Indian General elections. After being declared as the candidate for the Prime Minister-ship, he faced criticism from politicians including individuals from his own party. He banked on all his contribution towards the development in Gujarat for the past years and ran an almost-impeccable campaign for the elections.
The Bhartiya Janta party performed very well and created as well as broke some political records. The Narendra Modi-led party won what they had been planning for years. On 26th May 2014 was sworn in as the Prime Minister of India.
The man has been the apple of the eye for the media and to give them a piece, he has been active on social media and likes to talk to the citizens of the country with his new and newer initiatives. Most of his notable initiatives are – The Swachha Bharat Abhiyan, Demonetization, steps towards Anti-Corruption, etc.
As of now, Prime Minister Modi is on a mission to repeat his win in the upcoming 2019 elections and the campaigns have started to line up.
The premiership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a huge topic of discussion. And we shall do talk about it soon.