Narendra Modi's incredible journey: From a tea seller to powerful Prime Minister

Updated: May 24, 2019, 09:41
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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi led his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to a super-sized victory for a second term in office. With the General Elections 2019 establishing Modi as the most popular leader in decades, BJP not only surpassed its 2014 performance but also crossed 300-seat mark in the 543-member Lok Sabha elections in 2019. Narendra Modi was first elected as the 14th Prime Minister of India in 2014 after leading the BJP party to a massive win in the Lok Sabha election

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    Narendra Modi was born in Vadnagar, Gujarat on 17 September 1950 to Hiraben Modi and Damodardas Mulchand Modi. As a child, he helped his father sell tea and later set up his own tea stall

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    At the age of eight, he was introduced to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh(RSS) and ever since he became an active member of the party. Narendra Modi became a full-time RSS worker in 1971 and the party assigned him to the BJP in 1985, where he held numerous positions within the party until 2001. 

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    In early October 2001, when the then Chief Minister of Gujarat Keshubhai Patel was forced to resign from his post due to ill health, Narendra Modi was appointed as the Chief Minister of Gujarat. Narendra Modi was administered the oath of office on October 7, 2001.

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    In August 2012, Narendra Modi achieved a unique feat when he became the first Indian politician to interact with netizens via live video chat

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    Narendra Modi was sworn in as the Prime Minister of India at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on 26 May 2014. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won via majority in the Lok Sabha polls and it was the first time a single party had achieved single largest majority since 1984.

     

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    In the 2014 General Elections, Narendra Modi stood as a candidate for the Lok Sabha in two constituencies - Varanasi and Vadodara and he won in both constituencies

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    Narendra Modi has also been declared a fashion-icon for his signature half-sleeved, crisply ironed, kurta as well as for a suit with his name repeatedly embroidered in the pinstripes that he wore during a state visit by Barack Obama, former US President

     

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    Narendra Modi started a radio programme titled "Mann Ki Baat" on October 3, 2014. He also launched the Digital India program to ensure that government services are available electronically, boosting manufacturing of electronic goods in the country, building infrastructure to provide high-speed Internet access to rural areas and promoting digital literacy

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    On November 9, 2016, Narendra Modi's government demonetised banknotes, with the intention of curbing black money, corruption, the use of counterfeit currency, and terrorism

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    Narendra Modi’s clarion call for marking one day as 'International Day of Yoga' received an overwhelming response at the UN. In a first, a total of 177 Nations across the world came together and passed the resolution to declare 21st June as the ‘International Day of Yoga at the UN.’

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    In 2018, Narendra Modi received the 'Champions of the Earth, UN's highest environmental award for policy leadership by pioneering work in championing 'new areas of levels of cooperation on environmental action' and the International Solar Alliance

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    Narendra Modi has also conferred the Seoul Peace Prize 2018 in recognition of his dedication to improving raising global economic growth, international cooperation, accelerating the Human Development of the people of India by fostering economic growth through social integration efforts and anti-corruption making him the first Indian to win the award. He received the first Philip Kotler Presidential Award in 2019.

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    In 2016, a wax statue of Narendra Modi was unveiled at Madame Tussaud Wax Museum in London. Gallup International Association (GIA) conducted a poll in In 2017 where Modi ranked third top leader of the world. 

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    In April 2016, the Prime Minister joined the Nuclear Security Summit where he put forth a strong message on the importance of Nuclear Security at the world stage. He visited Saudi Arabia, where he was conferred the highest civilian honour of Saudi Arabia Sash of King Abdulaziz

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    Narendra Modi's powerful 'personal connect' with the people on the ground is complemented by a strong online presence. He is known as India’s most techno-savvy leader, using the web to reach people and bring about change in their lives

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    Narendra Modi shared this rare picture on Instagram captioning it as, ' I thank Portugal PM Antonio Costa for this gift, the Portugal football team's jersey autographed by Cristiano Ronaldo. Sport is an area that holds great promise as far as India-Portugal ties are concerned.'  

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    Beyond politics, Narendra Modi enjoys writing. He has authored several books, including poetry. Narendra Modi begins his day with yoga, which centers his body and mind and instills the power of calmness in his otherwise fast-paced routine.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the BJP to a stunning and historic victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha battle, with the ruling party itself marked improvement over its 2014 showing that left the opposition dazed and demoralised. Narendra Modi is a well-known personality across the globe. However, growing up in a humble family, his journey towards becoming one of the most prominent world leaders was challenging. Here are facts that you can not miss about the Prime Minister of India. (All pictures courtesy/ Instagram/ Narendra Modi)

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