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Prime Minister of India
Narendra Damodardas Modi, (born September 17, 1950) India’s 15th Prime Minister, is one of independent India’s most popular leaders. A ‘transformational leader’ known for delivering results, he is an embodiment of courage, conviction and compassion. His portfolios include Prime Minister; Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Space; all important policy issues and all other portfolios not allocated to any Minister.
Born into a humble family in Vadnagar, Gujarat; Modi has lived his life by the principle of Antyodaya or ‘serving the farthest’.
Through his impeccable track record as a Chief Minister, Modi secured three consecutive two-third majority mandates for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Gujarat in 2003, 2007 and 2012 Assembly elections. And in 2014, people of India have overwhelmingly reposed their faith in him giving him a historically decisive mandate to take the nation forward.
In his over 12 years tenure as the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Modi brought about paradigm shift in the lives of the people in Gujarat by delivering ‘Pro-active Pro-people Good Governance’. Gujarat has maintained over 10 per cent GDP growth rate for over a decade now. He is now poised to do the same for the nation at large with the mantra ‘Minimum Government – Maximum Governance’.
Modi has reached the pinnacle by sheer hard work, determination, extreme focus and a strong character. The beginnings have been humble and his first brush with the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) was at the tender age of eight when he would attend the local youth meetings of the RSS. At the age of 20, he arrived in Ahmedabad where he became a Pracharak in 1972, devoting full time to the RSS. In 1987, he joined the BJP and it was on October 7, 2001, he was asked to take over as the Chief Minister of Gujarat. Modi, who started his journey as a party worker, has risen to the topmost post in the country because of his almost virtuoso like organisational sense and his keen ability to deconstruct and efficiently construct any job given to him.