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PM Modi’s b’day special: The journey from a ‘Chaiwala’ to the world’s greatest leader

Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi, born on September 17, 1950, Modi turns 71 this year.

Modi served as a chief minister of Gujarat from 2001-2014 and is currently serving India as it’s Prime minister since 2014. 

Narendra Modi was born in Vadnagar, Gujarat. He was the third child in his family six siblings. Modi belonged to a backward community, Modh-Ghanchi-Teli. During his childhood Modi, it is said that Modi helped his father by selling tea and later on he himself ran a tea stall near a bus station.  

Modi was never a very bright student in studies but had a keen interest in debating and theatre which was very much noticeable. Modi completed his higher secondary education in 1967. After that, at the age of eight, Modi joined the RSS(Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) where he met his first political mentor, Vakil Saheb. While training here, he met the founding leaders of BJP and was assigned to BJP by RSS in 1985.

During 1975 , when the state of emergency was declared in India, RSS was banned. During this period, Modi wrote a book, ‘Sangharsh Ma Gujarat’, narrating about the events that happened during the emergency.

And finally in 1985, RSS assigned Modi to BJP. In 1987, Modi successfully organised a campaign of BJP in Ahmedabad municipal elections, and BJP won as a result of Modi’s planning. Soon after, Modi was given a significant position in BJP’s Gujarat unit. He worked hard under BJP proving his worth as a good politician and was named a member of the BJP’s National Election Committee in 1990. Again, in 1995 state assembly election, BJP won because of Modi’s successful strategies. And in November 1995, Modi was elected as the National secretary of BJP.  

In 2001, October 7, Modi was officially elected as the chief minister of Gujarat and on 24 February, 2002 he entered Gujarat state legislature by winning the election in the Rajkot-ll constituency  This was possible that time due to Keshubhai Patel’s failing health and poor public image following the earthquake in Bhuj.  And since 2001, he served Gujarat as its chief minister till 2014.  His work for Gujarat resulted in economic growth and has been appreciated by many. 

On 26 May, 2014, after winning the election in Lok Sabha, he was sworn in as the Prime Minister of India. Modi became the first prime minister to be ever born after the Independence. Modi again won the elections in 2019 and became the 4th longest serving Prime Minister of India. 

In 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2020, he was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. Forbes magazine ranked him as the 15th Most Powerful Person in the World in 2014 and the 9th Most Powerful Person in the World in 2015, 2016 and 2018. Modi is the second most followed politician on twitter and facebook. In October 2018, Modi received United Nations’s highest environmental award, the ‘Champions of the Earth’. These are just few of his achievements but during his whole journey, he has been winning enormous awards as a leader.

Wishing the Prime Minister of India, A Very Happy Birthday!

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