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April 29, 2017

Essay : Narendra Modi - The Leader of New India

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Narendra Modi - The Leader of New India

  • Childhood and family profile. 
  • Early career as the regional organiser of BJP in Gujarat. 
  • As Chief Minister of Gujarat advocating pro activegood governance. 
  • Elected as Prime Minister of India. 
  • Improvement of India's bilateral international relations during his regime. 
  • Modi governments ambitious projects include 'Digital India' and 'Make In India'.
Narendra Damodardas Modi was born on 17th September, 1950 in Vadnagar, a small town in North Gujarat's Mehsana district. He was born three years after India attained freedom and within months of India becoming a Republic. Narendra Modi was the third of the six children of Damodardas Modi and Hiraba Modi. Narendra Modi's life journey to the Office of Prime Minister is inspiring. His formative years taught him tough lessons as he balanced his studies and non-academic life. Modi completed his studies against all odds. He did his schooling from Vadnagar and obtained a master's degree in Political Science from Gujarat University. His saga of struggle began when as a teenager, he, along with his brother, used to run a tea stall near a railway station in Ahmedabad.

He used to spare time to work at the family owned Tea Stall as the family struggled to make the ends meet. Right from his childhood, he felt a strong urge to make a difference to the society. He was highly influenced by the works of Swami Vivekananda which laid the foundation of his journey towards spiritualism. As a young boy, Narendra Modi offered his services voluntarily to the soldiers at the railway stations during the Indo-Pak war in 1965. He also served affected people during the 1967 Gujarat floods. Modi started working in the Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation's staff canteen. Eventually from there he became a full-time campaigner, commonly called a `pracharak', of the RSS. 

Modi later underwent training at the RSS camp in Nagpur. It is a prerequisite for any RSS member to take up the training course for holding any official position in the Sangh Parivar. Narendra Modi was given charge of the student wing, which is better known as Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

His contribution to the anti-emergency movement impressed senior political leaders. As a result of this, he was eventually appointed the regional organiser of the newly-formed Bharatiya Janata Party in Gujarat. In 1987, he started to work as the General Secretary of the BJP in Gujarat. In his first task, Mr Modi won a victory for the BJP in Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation elections for the first time ever. Later, he worked as the National Secretary of BJP looking after party's activities in Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. As BJP's General Secretary he worked to ensure the BJP won the 1998 Lek Sabha elections.

He was the Chief Minister of Gujarat from 2001 to 2014 and is a Member of Parliament from Varanasi. As the Chief Minister of his home state of Gujarat, he ushered a paradigm shift towards pro-people and pro-active good governance. His path for creating a vibrant Gujarat as a shining example of development and governance did not come easy. It was a path littered with adversities and challenges. If there is one constant trait of Narendra Modi that has stood out, it is his strong Leadership in the face of grave adversity. With his unconventional thinking and out of the box ideas, he has reframed the conventional definition of governance. 

Narendra Modi's life has been a journey of courage, compassion, and constant hard work. He took oath as the Prime Minister of India on 26th May, 2014. As the Prime Minster of India, Mr Medi has emerged as a dynamic, decisive and development-oriented leader who has given a hope of accomplishment to the dreams and aspirations of a billion Indians. His focus on development, eye for detail and efforts to bring a qualitative difference in the lives of the poorest of the poor have made him a popular and respected leader across the length and breadth of India.

He neither had the luxury of time nor the benefit of training to learn the basics of administration and governance. He had to learn the tactics of administration while on the job right from day one. His approach to governance has always been viewed as being above politics. He has never let political differences get in the way of pursuing solutions to developmental challenges. He visited the US as the Prime Minister of India despite being denied the visa as the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

Many of his well-wishers prompted him to ask a written apology from the US for the earlier denial but he never let his personal differences came in between the relations of the two countries. As a result, the bilateral relations between India and US witnessed a significant improvement. A number of stalled projects got a kick start after his meeting with the US President.

Mr Modi's interaction with the world leaders has put India on a high pedestal as a bellwether in the world map. India has won the confidence of the foreign investors who consider investing in India as remuneratively lucrative under the Modi regime. India's bilateral international relations have witnessed a surge under his regime. A large number of multinationals companies have made their way into India generating a large number of jobs. The large array of awards that the government has received from both national and international organisation media speak volumes about the good work done under his regime. 

Modi's excursions include state visits and summits on five continents, including the visits to USA to attend the UN General Assembly, following his neighbourhood first and Act East Policies. Mr Modi embarked on his first ever foreign visit after assuming charge as PM to Bhutan. He is the first Indian Prime Minister to address the British Parliament. Mr Modi met his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Lahore in a short visit as a purely goodwill gesture. Besides, he has visited Canada, Germany, Mauritius, Mongolia, South Korea, China, Turkey, Ireland and Singapore to name a few. Mr Modi has won accolades for his ability to captivate the audience with his public speaking skills. His speech at the joint meeting of US Congress was appreciated so much that there were many senators who came to him for his autograph.

The Indian Prime Minister is known for his disciplined life and he expects the same discipline from his team. Soon after taking the oath as the Indian Prime Minister, he used to call the other members of his cabinet on their landline in their respective offices. He intentionally used this technique as this was the best way to check if they are reporting to the office on time.

His love for technology is evident from his presence across the different social media channels. Besides, the government's ambitious programmes such as the Digital India and Make In India vouch for the same. Almost all the governmental departments and ministers are actively engaging with the citizens through the use of different technological interventions and social media platform. Despite being the Prime Minister of the country, he comes across as a very humble human being. Through the radio show 'Man Ki Baat', he regularly addresses the nation. He is quick to respond to all the questions that are put across to him by the people of India.

Mr Modi is a big yoga enthusiast and never forgets to do it, no matter how busy he is. The idea to celebrate an International Yoga Day was proposed by Mr Modi during his speech at United Nations General Assembly. `Aankh ka Dhanya Che' is a book which comprises the collection of Mr Modi's poems. Mr Modi's wax statue features at the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in the London. Besides he has featured fifth on the Fortune magazine's list of the World's Greatest Leaders. He was named in the 30 most influential people on the Internet and eighth in the Person of the Year list by Times.

India is rising and shining by leaps and bounds under the dynamic leadership of Narendra Modi. Shri Narendra Modi as India's Prime Minister brings with him a rich and hands-on experience as one of India's most successful Chief Ministers and one of its finest of administrators.

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  • Formative used to describe the time when someone or something is growing or being formed; 
  • Saga a long and complicated story
  • Proponent advocate
  • Paradigm a theory or a group of ideas about how something should be done, made or thought; 
  • Littered messed up
  • Conventional regular
  • Pedestal support
  • Bellwether something that leads or indicates a trend
  • Remuneratively paying a lot of money
  • Lucrative producing money or wealth
  • Excursions trip
  • Embarked start
  • Accolades award or an expression of praise
  • Vouch to give a guarantee.
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