Narendra Modi Biography
The name “Modi” is undoubtedly a familiar name to every citizen of India. The full name of Prime Minister Modi is Narendra Damodardas Modi. Modi was born in Vadnagar, Mehsana, Bombay State (present-day Gujarat), on September 17th in the year 1950.
He is the current prime minister of India as of 2020, till the next elections which will occur in 2024. Also, he has been a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and has was elected the Chief Minister of Gujarat 3 times each term of 5 years between the years of 2001 to 2014. Also, he is the first PM outside of the Indian National Congress (INC) to win two consecutive terms with a full majority and the second to complete five years in office after Late. Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Early Life of Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi was one of the six children of Damordas Mulchand Modi and Hiraben Modi, in a Gujarati Hindu family as the third of six children. His teacher has described him as an average student with a keen interest in debate and theatre. He completed his higher secondary education from Vadnagar itself in 1969, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the School of Open Learning at the University of Delhi in 1978, and obtained a master’s degree in Political Science from Gujarat University in 1983.
Modi’s initial days have been full of struggle, as a child Modi helped his father at the Vadnagar railway station, and later ran a tea stall with his brother. He was introduced to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) when he was 8 years old. Also during his childhood, his family arranged engagement to a girl, as a traditional custom to his cast, leading to their marriage in their teens. Modi left his home and spent the next two years of his life traveling across Northern and North-eastern India, visiting various Sanatan Ashrams. Later Modi stayed in Ahmedabad and worked with his uncle before he finally became a full-time worker for the RSS (1970-1971).
Narendra Modi: Politics
Modi became an RSS regional organizer in the year 1978, managing RSS activities in the areas of Surat ad Vandodata, in 1979 he went to work for the RSS in Delhi. After his return to Gujarat, he was assigned to the BJP in 1985 by the RSS. And in 1987 his political career began with the BJP, as he helped organize the BJP’s Ahmedabad municipal election campaign, which they won. This accomplishment led to his election for the role of organizing secretary of the BJP Gujarat unit in 1987.
Modi’s hard work and his excellent capabilities led to his rise within the party and was named a member of the National Election Committee of BJP in 1990. He helped organize L.K.Advani’s 1990 Ram ‘Rath Yatra’ and Murli Manohar Joshi’s 1991-1992 ‘Ekta Yatra’ (Journey of Unity). Moreover, Modi’s strategic planning was credited central to the BJP’s state assembly elections victory in 1995. Furthermore, His strategy was considered as the key to the BJP winning in the 1998 elections, later in May of that year, he was promoted to BJP general secretary.
In 2001 as Keshubhai Patel’s health was falling and BJP started losing state assembly seats, the BJP national leadership Modi was chosen as a replacement. Replacing Patel, Modi was sworn as Chief Minister on 7th October 2001 and entered the Gujarat state legislature on 24th February 2002 by winning a by-election to the Rajkot – II constituency.
Modi served as Gujarat’s longest-serving CM of the BJP from 2001 to 2014. After that Modi resigned to become 14th Prime Minister of India, his party member Anandiben Patel became the Gujarat’s first woman chief minister.
During his reign in Gujarat, the Modi-Patel government invested in many development works, supported NGOs and communities in the creation of groundwater-conservation projects. They had built 113,738 check damns, helping recharge the aquifers beneath them. 60 of the 112 tehsils had recovered to their normal levels between the years of 2004 to 2010. It increased the production of genetically modified cotton in the state, making it the largest producing state in India, which lead to Gujarat’s agricultural sector growth at an average rate of 9.6% from 2001 to 2007. The Modi government brought the ‘Jyotigram Yojana’ scheme for the farmers, in which the agricultural electricity was separated from other rural electricity, to reduce the agricultural electricity cost.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
With a demonstrated history as a capable leader and a promising member of the party, Modi was declared as BJP’s candidate for Prime Minister in the 2014 Lok Sabha election.
Modi got the highest votes in the 2014 elections and was announced as the 14th Prime Minister on 26th May 2014. As a leader, Modi has appeared to be a progressive, decisive, and development-oriented. The Modi government got rid of about 1200 obsolete laws in the first 3 years as PM, a total of 1.301 such laws had been repealed by the previous governments over 64 years time span. He started a monthly radio show called “Mann Ki Baat” to share his views and thoughts on current affairs. He was again sworn in as the Prime Minister of India on 30th May 2019.
The Modi government has contributed majorly to the digital movement in India with initiatives such as ‘Digital India’, ‘Make in India’ and ‘Skill India’ programmes. It has resulted in a significant boost in the number of active internet users in India; moreover, it has presented the citizens with multiple opportunities in terms of education, career and entertainment. The ‘Make in India’ is a programme initiated by the Modi government in 2014 with the goal of transforming India into a global manufacturing hub. It has opened doors for investors, and multiple enterprises have adopted this mantra.
The government has taken many such initiatives in various sectors for the betterment of the country as a whole; some of them are – ‘Ujjwala scheme’ to provide free LPG connection to rural households, ‘Stand Up India’ Scheme to provide bank loans between 10 Lakh and one crore to at least one Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe borrower and at least one Woman borrower for setting up Greenfield enterprises per bank branch, ‘Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana’ to provide loans up to 10 Lakhs to increase the confidence of the youth, educated or skilled workers aspiring to be entrepreneurs, etc. More noticeable actions from the Modi government include the Demonetization of the 500 and 1000 Rupees notes, the introduction of GST tax, efforts of bringing more foreign investments.
Therefore we can conclude that Mr. Narendra Modi has proven himself to be a capable leader both as a CM and as the PM. The Modi government has been seen to be more aggressive, innovative, and result-oriented than the previous governments. Modi, as a person has earned the trust and recognition of millions across the globe and taken various initiatives to establish himself among the great leaders of the world. We sincerely wish that the initiatives are taken by the Modi government turn out to be fruitful and lead India to its peak of success as a nation.