Narendra Modi Biography
Born on the 17th of September, 1950, Narendra Damodardas Modi, commonly known simply as Narendra Modi is the 15th and the current prime minister of India. Before taking office as the prime minister of the country, he served as the leader of the Bharatiya Janta Party, and the chief minister for the state of Gujarat, for a period as long as 13 years, from 2001 to 2014.
From his initial journey in politics till his achievement of becoming the prime minister of India, Modi has come a long way, dealing with both appreciation and criticism and also creating a lot of controversy in reaching the position where he is today and everything else that followed after that.
Hailing from a poor background, he assisted his father in selling tea during his childhood and as a student, was quite average. His skills, however, his teachers described to be residing in the art of debating, oratory and public speaking.
At the tender age of eight, he came across the RSS party and from that time itself, developed a keen interest in the field of politics. Over the years, with his association with the BJP, he gained immense knowledge and experience in politics, and in the year 2001, when the state of Gujarat saw a deteriorating phase post the Bhuj earthquakes, the BJP presented Modi as the new candidate for the post of chief minister.
Despite his lack of much experience, Modi proved to be the perfect choice for the post and took oath as the chief minister of Gujarat on the 7th of October, 2001. During his tenure, the prime agendas that he focused on were small governments and privatization, which brought both criticism and accolades from fellow politicians.
His tenure also saw a lot of controversies, one of the most talked about of which was the 2002 Gujarat riots, where his government was accused for aggravating the violence, which were believed to be caused by the Muslims after a train full of Hindu pilgrims coming from Ayodhya was burnt and this led to an anti-Muslim violence wherein more than 2000 people were killed.
Modi took office as the 15th prime minister of India in 2014 after his party won the majority of votes in the Lok Sabha.