Political Science Project
Narendra Modi’s Quest to Become the Prime Minister in 2014
| SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Nerul
1. Radhakrishnan P. (34)
2. Mohammed Uzair Shaikh (54)
3. Ajay Nair (26)
4. Ashish Tripathi (35)
5. Jomel James (13)
Under the guidance of Prof. Mithun Pillai. Submitted to Mumbai University.
Early Life & Social Work
Ascent in Politics
Gujarat Under Narendra Modi
Strengthening Urban Infrastructure
Taking Facilities To The Village
Decline in Poverty
Rise in Education
Modi as a Mass Leader
Engaging with the people
Connecting with the people
Criticisms of Narendra Modi
Man versus Party
The Petty ‘I’
Divide and Fall
The Playground Bully
The Charm Deficit
India is not Gujarat (or China)
We would like to express our gratitude to The Principal of SIES College of Science, Arts and Commerce for giving us the opportunity to do this project and to Prof. Mithun Pillai for the guidance provided during its course.
The Prime Minister of India, as addressed to in the Constitution of India, is the chief of government, chief advisor to the President of India, head of the Council of Ministers and the leader of the majority party in parliament. The Prime Minister leads the executive branch of the Government of India. Narendra Modi
The Prime Minister is the senior member of cabinet in the executive branch of government in a parliamentary system. He selects and can dismiss other members of the cabinet; allocates posts to members within the Government; is the presiding member and chairman of the cabinet and is responsible for bringing proposal of legislation. The resignation or death of the Prime Minister dissolves the cabinet. The Prime Minister is appointed by the President to assist the latter in the administration of the affairs of the executive. The incumbent prime minister is Manmohan Singh, in office since 22 May 2004. The next elections which most regional leaders have an eye on are the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. One of the most promising candidates vying for this post is Narendra Modi, who is currently serving his 4th term as the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
Early Life & Social Work
Narendra Modi was born at Vadnagar, Mehsana district in North Gujarat on September 17, 1950 in a middle class OBC family. As a boy in the Indo-Pak war of the mid-sixties, he had volunteered to serve the Indian soldiers during transit at railway stations. He also helped people affected by the flood in Gujarat in 1967. He was elected as the student leader of Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (All India Students’ Council) due to his organizational capability and insight into human psychology. Students protesting as part of the Nav Nirman Movement
He has also played prominent roles in various socio-political movements in Gujarat such as the Navnirman Movement. By the end of 1960s and early 1970s, corruption and misgovernance of the Congress government in Gujarat had reached new heights. In 1971, India had defeated Pakistan in war and the Congress government got reelected on the promise of uplifting the poor. This promise turned out to be an empty one as ‘Garibi Hatao’ (eradicate poverty) gradually changed into ‘Garib Hatao’ (eradicate the poor). The life of the poor worsened, and in Gujarat this misery got coupled with a severe famine and steep price rise. Endless queues for basic commodities had become a common sight in the state. There was no respite for the common man. The discontent turned into public anger when in December 1973, a few students of the Morbi Engineering College protested against the exorbitant rise in their...
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