When it comes to Indian politics, few leaders have been as successful as Narendra Modi. His spectacular rise from being a tea seller to becoming India’s Prime Minister has not come from a shot of luck. It’s a story of hard work, challenges, struggle, dedication, and focus. And this essay on aims to take you through that particular journey of his life in short. Let’s begin:
Childhood and Roots
Narendra Damodardas Modi was born on 17th of September 1950 to a family of Grocers in Vadnagar municipality of Mehsana District in Gujarat. As a child, he helped his father sell tea at Vadnagar railway station. Later he did the same thing with his brother near a bus stand.
His higher secondary education completed in Vadnagar. When he was 8 years old, he came in touch with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and started attending its shakhas (training session). There he came in touch with Lakshmanrao Inamdar, who inducted him as a ball swayam Sevak (junior cadet) in RSS and became his
While he was still in his childhood, his parents engaged him to a girl from a nearby family. Modi rejected the arranged marriage right after graduating from high school. This led to a lot of familial tensions, due to which he decided to leave the home in 1967 at age of 17.
After leaving home Modi spent next two years traveling between Northern and North-eastern parts of India. However, not too many details are available about where he went. After roaming around the country for two years he came to Ahmedabad in 1971 and joined RSS once again. It’s said that at one point of time after Indo-Pak war of 1971 he was taking part in a non-violent protest against the government, but the protesters, including him, were arrested. It’s suggested that this was the turning point from where Inamdar decided to mentor him.
Chief Minister of Gujarat
Rising through the ranks of RSS, and the BJP, Modi had become party’s organizing secretary by 2001. At that time BJP was ruling in Gujarat, but the government led by CM Keshubhai Patel was facing allegations of corruption and power abuse. Modi had already expressed his misgivings regarding Keshubhai’s administration to party high-command. So when the party was looking for a replacement of Mr. Patel, it was not very surprising that he was chosen for the role. On 3 rd of October 2001, he replaced Keshubhai as CM of Gujarat. And then came one of
the biggest controversies of his life.
Godhara and Gujarat Riots
On 27th of February 2002, a train that was bringing a large number of Hindu pilgrims from Ayodhya was burned near Godhra railway station. As many as 60 people died. What followed the incident were one of the biggest instances of Hindu-Muslim riots in the history of India. Allegations were made against Modi and his government for not being able to stop the violence in a timely manner. It was also alleged that he intervened in the duty of police
and stopped them from doing their job.
At that time BJP was present in Centre as well with Atal Bihari Vajpayee as Prime Minister. The fire of Gujarat riots also reached Delhi and pressure was exerted on Vajpayee to sack Modi from the post of Chief Minister. Sensing the pressure, Modi resigned himself. In elections following his resignation, however, he won once again, securing the spot of Chief Minister for himself.
After being re-elected as Chief Minister of Gujarat Modi put his entire focus on development. And with that development-oriented politics, he transformed Gujarat into one of the most developed and peaceful states in the country. He remained at Gujarat CM for 12 straight years, winning elections thrice in a row until he was chosen by the party as its PM candidate in 2014.
Rise to the Top Spot in National Politics
Modi’s development focused on politics made him quite popular across the country, and with his Gujarat model of development, BJP got a new leader. He was chosen as party’s PM candidate for 2014 election, which party won with a thumping majority on its own. With that victory, Modi became 16th Prime Minister of India.
Narendra Modi is a man who has seen several ups and downs throughout his life. He has also seen many faces of people and how people use those faces to deceive others. All these things, combined with his hard work, studies and organizational experience have collectively made him into what he is today. We can hope that he will continuously keep attaining more and more success in future as well.