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Narendra Modi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Narendra Modi
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Jump to: navigation, search Narendra Damodardas Modi ( pronunciation; born 17 September 1950) is the 14th and current Chief Minister of Gujarat, a state in western India. He has been a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) since childhood, having an interest in politics since adolescence. He holds a master's degree in political science. In 1998, he was chosen by L. K. Advani, the leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), to direct the election campaign in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. He became the chief minister of Gujarat for the first time in October 2001, promoted to the office at a time when his predecessor Keshubhai Patel had resigned, following the defeat of BJP in the by-elections. His tenure as chief minister began on 7 October 2001.[1] In July 2007, he became the longest serving Chief Minister in Gujarat's history when he had been in power for 2063 days continuously.[2] Under his leadership Bhartiya Janata Party won 2012 State Assembly Elections and he was chosen to serve for this fourth term as Chief Minister of Gujarat.[3] Modi's administration received heated criticism surrounding the 2002 Gujarat violence. Modi has rejected calls for apologising and has stated that in case his complicity be proven he should not be forgiven but hanged. He is a controversial figure both within India and internationally.[4][5] Modi enjoys considerable support amongst the Indian middle class and Indian and international entrepreneurs. He is credited with the high economic growth in Gujarat under his government.[6]

Narendra Modi

14th Chief Minister of Gujarat Incumbent Assumed office 7 October 2001 Governor Sunder Singh Bhandari Kailashpati Mishra Balram Jakhar Nawal Kishore Sharma S. C. Jamir Kamla Beniwal Preceded by Constituency Born Keshubhai Patel Maninagar Personal details Narendra Damodardas Modi 17 September 1950 (age 62) Vadnagar, Bombay State, India Bharatiya Janata Party Gandhinagar, Gujarat Gujarat University Hinduism 1/12

1 Early life 1.1 Personality 2 Early activism and politics 3 2002 Gujarat riots 3.1 Special Investigation Reports 3.2 2002 election

Political party Residence Alma mater Religion Website


Narendra Modi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

4 Second term 5 Third term 5.1 Conflicts with Governor Kamla Beniwal 5.2 Modi on his role in 2002 riots 5.3 Google+ Hangout 6 Fourth term 7 International diplomacy 8 Awards and recognitions 9 References 10 External links

Early life
Modi was born on 17 September 1950[7] to a middle-class family in Vadnagar in Mehsana district of what was then Bombay State (present-day Gujarat), India.[8] He was the third of six children born to Damodardas Mulchand Modi and his wife Heeraben.[9] Modi is a vegetarian.[10] During the Indo-Pak war Modi, then a teenager, volunteered to serve the soldiers in transit at railway stations.[11] As a teenager Modi used to run a tea stall with his brother.[12] Modi completed his schooling in Vadnagar. As a young man, he joined the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, a student organisation and was involved in the anti-corruption Nav Nirman Movement. After working as a full-time organiser for the organisation, he was later nominated as its representative in the Bharatiya Janata Party.[13] He holds a master's degree in political science from Gujarat University.[14]

Modi is known for leading a frugal lifestyle. He has a personal staff of three. He is known to be a workaholic and an introvert.[15] He is a crowd puller as a speaker. Modi wears "business suits to business meetings".[16]

Early activism and politics
Modi was a pracharak (full-timer) in the RSS during his university years.[14][17] He took up the challenging task of energising the party cadres in right earnest. In partnership with Shankersinh Vaghela,...
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