Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi Biography

Narendra Damodardas Modi is India’s 14th Prime Minister, who led the BJP to an impressive victory in 2014. An interesting fact about Modi is  the first Prime Minister of India who was born in ‘Independent India’, that is, post-August 15, 1947(Narendra Modi age in 2019  is 68 years). He became Chief Minister of Gujarat as a first time MLA. Similarly he became the Prime Minister of India as a first time MP. Modi is credited with leading the BJP in 2014 to a majority in Lok Sabha and this is for the first time since 1984. Born to a Gujarati family in Vadnagar, Modi had humble beginnings when he helped his father sell tea following which he ran his own stall. He was introduced to the RSS at the age of 8 and from here began a long association with the organisation. He was assigned to the BJP in 1985.

About Narendra Modi wife, Family and Personal Background

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Narendra 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.

Family and Personal Background

Narendra Modi and Jashodaben had an arranged marriage in the custom of the Ghanchi caste of Vadnagar. When Modi was thirteen, the couple underwent the religious ceremony of marriage. Per their family custom, they began living together (gauna in Hindi) when Mr. Modi was 18 in 1968 but that period was brief.

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.

 

Interesting Facts

When Modi was 8-year-old, he came into the contact of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). By the age of 20, in 1970, he was so influenced by the RSS that he became a full- time RSS pracharak and in 1971, he had formally joined RSS.

Political Timeline

 

2014Narendra Modi was elected as 14th and current Prime Minister of India. Modi was sworn in as the Prime Minister of India on 26 May 2014. He became the first Prime Minister born after India’s independence from the British Empire.
2012Modi again elected from Maninagar. This time he defeated Bhatt Shweta Sanjiv by 34097 votes. He again took oath as chief minister (fourth term). Later he resigned from assembly in 2014.
2007On 23 December 2007, Modi’s third term as CM started and completed on 20 December 2012. This time again he won from Maninagar. He defeated Dinsha Patel of Congress.
2002He contested from Maninagar and won the assembly election. He defeated Oza Yatinbhai Narendrakumar of Congress by 38256 votes. He was retained as Chief Minister of Gujarat. (Second Term).
2001Keshubhai Patel’s health was failing and the BJP lost a few state assembly seats in by-elections. The BJP national leadership replaced Patel with Modi as Chief Minister of Gujarat. On 7 October 2001, Modi took the oath as CM of Gujarat. On 24 February 2002, he won by-election to the Rajkot – II constituency. He defeated Ashwin Mehta of the INC by 14,728 votes. This was his first and very short term.
1995He was elected BJP national secretary and transferred to New Delhi. He headed the election campaigns of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. Modi was promoted to BJP general secretary (organisation) in 1996.
1990Modi helped in organising L. K. Advani’s 1990 Ram Rath Yatra in 1990 and Murli Manohar Joshi’s Ekta Yatra in 1991–92.
1987Modi was elected as organising secretary of the BJP’s Gujarat unit.
1986After L. K. Advani, Modi became president of the BJP. That time RSS decided to place its members in important positions within the BJP.
1985Modi was assigned by the RSS to the BJP. Later in 1987 Modi helped to organise the BJP’s campaign in the Ahmedabad municipal election. BJP won that election.
1979He went to work for the RSS in Delhi. where he was put to work researching and writing the RSS’s version of the history of the Emergency.
1978He became an RSS sambhag pracharak. Associated with RSS activities in the areas of Surat and Vadodara.
1975Narendra Modi was appointed as general secretary of the “Gujarat Lok Sangharsh Samiti” by RSS. During Emergency, Modi was forced to go underground to avoid arrest. He was involved in printing pamphlets opposing the government.

 

 

Early Life

 

1967He completed his higher secondary education in Vadnagar. Due to family tension, he left home. Modi spent around two years travelling across Northern and North-eastern India.
1960As a child, Modi helped his father sell tea at the Vadnagar railway station. Later he ran a tea stall with his brother near a bus stand.

 

 

 

Narendra Modi Net Worth (Aprox)

₹1.52 Crore

Narendra Modi Elections Result

YearConstituency State Status
2014VaranasiUttar PradeshWon
2014VadodaraGujaratWon

Books on Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi- A Political Biography
Narendra Modi- A Political Biography’ by Andy Marino attempts to provide a clear picture of Narendra Modi, the man and his politics. It enables the readers to get a better understanding of Modi’s ways of governance. The book analyses the contrasting perspectives on the Gujarat model of governance. Andy Marino takes us through Modi’s journey of life from childhood to a young man who went on to become India’s Prime Minister.

Centrestage: Inside the Narendra Modi Model of Governance
Uday Mahurkar’s ‘Centrestage: Inside the Narendra Modi Model of Governance’ gives a balanced and impersonal judgment of Modi’s mantra of governance. Mahurkar not only talks about Modi’s visionary schemes but also talks about issues on which Modi could have paid more attention and performed better. The book explains how Modi transformed Gujarat during his tenure and analyses the salient features of the Modi model of governance.

Modi: Making of a Prime Minister: Leadership, Governance and Performance
The book by Vivian Fernandez is a peak into the political scenario of Gujarat and the way of Modi’s governance from a viewpoint of a liberal Indian. In other words, the book does not take any stand or gives any judgment. Vivian describes the ways in which Modi utilised the opportunity to improve the economic conditions of the people of Gujarat.

The Man of the Moment – Narendra Modi
‘The Man of the Moment: Narendra Modi’ authored by M V Kamath and Kalindi Randeri uncovers the life and the development of a perfect politician who has expanded the boundaries of politics in India. The book unravels the motivations and the astonishing stamina of Narendra Modi to remain firm in the face of criticism.

The NaMo Story: A Political Life
‘The NaMo Story: A Political Life’ by Kingshuk Nag gives a brilliant portrayal of an exceptional politician, Narendra Modi, depicting his journey from a tea vendor’s son to the Chief Minister of Gujarat. The book begins with a short history of the political situation and reforms of the 1990s. It goes on to describe how Modi utilised his administrative skills to build up the Hindutva agenda for the BJP.

Narendra Modi: The Gamechanger
Sudesh Verma’s ‘Narendra Modi – The Gamechanger’ shows Narendra Modi as a game changer who knows how to impress and influence people with his work and turn the tables on his opponents. The book is based on all-inclusive interviews of Modi and his close associates about the things and incidents that shaped his thoughts and actions and the way Modi evolved as a man. An average man can find a reflection of his own struggle in the life of Modi.

Books written by Narendra Modi

Jyotipunj
‘Jyotipunj’ gives a description of all the people who Narendra Modi believes inspired him and had a strong influence on his work. Modi was associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) initially as a worker and then as a ‘pracharak’. He gives a detailed insight into the life of the people who inspired him. The book also contains a reflection of thoughts of these people.

Abode of Love
‘Abode of Love’ is a compendium of eight short stories written by Narendra Modi. It was written by Modi at a very young age. These stories reveal the sensitive and affectionate aspect of his character. Modi believes that the love of a mother is the source of all love and it is the greatest love. Whatever be the kind of love – of lovers, of friends etc – all are the reflections of a mother’s love. The book unravels the layers of human relationships in a beautiful way.

Premtirth
‘Premtirth’ is a collection of short stories written by Narendrabhai Modi. In this book, he draws a soulful portrayal of motherly feelings in a very simple and yet impressive language.

Kelve Te Kelavani
‘Kelave te Kelavani’ means ‘education is that which nurtures’. The book is a compilation of words of wisdom by Narendra Modi, India’s Prime Minister. The book brings forth his thoughts and his vision to bring about a knowledge revolution in Gujarat. It shows his love for education.

Sakshibhav
‘Sakshibhav’ consists of a series of letters addressed to Jagat Janani Maa. It describes the journey of inner-self of Narendra Modi and his feelings. The book brings forth the emotional thoughts of Modi at the time of his struggle when he was a worker with RSS.

Samajik Samarasata
‘Samajik Samarasata’ is a compilation of Narendra Modi’s articles and lectures. The phrase, “Express your views not just through words but through actions too”, aptly fits this book. The book reflects Modi’s views on social harmony with no discrimination on the basis of castes and unravels many incidents of his interactions with dalits. The life incidents of many social reformers are also narrated.