Narendra Modi is someone whom not just India or Indians, but someone the world looks upon as the ideal leader. With just 3 completed years in office as the PM, the NaMo cult has spread far and wide that global leaders accept and adopt his political principles and examples. He is even placed in Forbes’ top ten list of the most influencial people in the world. With that said, let’s have a glimpse on the life and biography of this great leader.
Narendra Damodardas Modi is born on 17th September, 1950 in Vadnagar, a village in present day Gujarat. Born to Damodardas Mulchand Modi, who runs a local tea stall in Vadnagar, Modi grew up helping his father sell tea to the villagers and around. His mother is Heeraben Modi. He was introduced to RSS at the age of 8. When Modi became an adult, he too started his own tea stall. But his long developed bond with RSS caused an inclination toward politics in him.
He left home after his graduation. Being slightly over-religious at such an early age, Modi travelled across India for about 2 years, visited several temples and places all over India. Later on he moved to Ahmedabad. He became a full time RSS activist. Later in 1985, the RSS introduced him to BJP.
In 2001, Modi became the Chief Minister of Gujarat. Modi at that time was criticized a lot mostly for the riots in Gujarat. His strategies as the Chief Minister did not curb social perils and he was still blamed for unhygienic conditions prevalent, poverty and corruption. Although, his economic agenda for the state welfare was very much praised. Modi got huge support from Gujarat for this, that he was re-elected many times and today holds the record for longest serving Chief Minister of Gujarat, from 2001 to 2014.
In 2014, Modi was named BJP’s candidate for PM in the Lok Sabha. Modi’s Gujarat model has got immense response from various politicians and experts. His reforms in Gujarat showed his exclusionary social agenda that gained momentum for Gujarat in terms of economical growth.
During the election campaign, it was very evident that Modi is going to be successful since his opposing parties, the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party had no candidate with sound achievements to portray. A young Rahul Gandhi on one side who has very little knowledge for the post of PM with ventures undertaken by the guidance of Sonia Gandhi, and nothing by himself. Rahul never really poised a threat. On the other hand, the Aam Aadmi Party chief Aravind Kejriwal was a good nomination to the PM post. But the Aam Aadmi party was a new party with no glorious history as the BJP’s. Citizens even came to hear the name of the party only during election campaigns. So Modi, in critics’ words competed alone to the PM post. Yet today we have come to see, the election never went wrong and Modi’s arrival has succeeded in bringing India to a new frontier.