Narendra Damodardas Modi, the 15th and current Prime Minister of India, is India’s first prime minister born after the country’s independence. Here are few more such facts about his life and career graph: Also Read - Inspiring! Meerut Woman Who Left Home To Avoid Forced Marriage Returns As PCS Officer 7 Years Later

  1. Narendra Modi, the 14th Chief Minister of Gujarat and the longest serving chief minister till date, was born in Vadnagar, Mehsana, in the state of Gujarat on 17th September 1950.
  2. He completed his schooling from Vadnagar and made his living by selling tea with his father and his brother at the railway station and bus terminus.
  3. He pursued post graduation in Political Science from the Delhi University.
  4. Since he was 8 years, Modi was involved with the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS), as a volunteer.
  5. He is a vegetarian, has a simple and plain lifestyle, is a workaholic and an introvert. He writes poems in Gujarati.
  6. His political career began from 1970, when he became the full-time pracharak of the RSS and was given the responsibility of the student wing (Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad).
  7. He was a key strategist in many events led by the RSS as well as the BJP, and thus termed as a great organizer.
  8. He also played a major role during the emergency announced in 1975.
  9.  Modi rose to distinction after organizing Murli Manohar Joshi’s Kanyakumari-Srinagar Ekta yatra in 1991.
  10. He was elected as organizing secretary of BJP’s Gujarat unit in 1988, marking his formal entry into mainstream politics.
  11. He was elected as the chief minister of Gujarat in the year 2001 after the resignation of Keshubhai Patel, post the Bhuj earthquake.
  12. Since then, he has served 4 consecutive terms as the chief minister. Though his tenure faced some mishaps like the Godhra incident, Narendra Modi, with his organizing and strategizing skills turned adversities into opportunities.
  13. It is under his leadership that Gujarat has won several awards and honors from all over the world – including UN Sasakawa Award for disaster reduction, Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) award for innovations in governance, UNESCO award, CSI award for e-Governance etc.
  14. Through his movement called Vibrant Gujarat, Modi has been able to transform Gujarat into one of the most preferred investment destinations. The 2013 Vibrant Gujarat Summit received participation from over 120 nations of the world.
  15. Some of the awards that he has received are:
    • Gujarat Ratna by Shri Poona Gujarati Bandhu Samaj,
    • e-Ratna award by the Computer Society of India
    • Best Chief Minister – In a nationwide survey conducted in 2007 by India Today magazine
    • Asian Winner of the FDi Personality of the Year Award for 2009 by FDi magazine.
    • Modi was featured in Time’s 2014 Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world

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