Narendra Damodardas Modi is the 14th and current Chief Minister of the state of Gujarat, representing the Bharatiya Janata Party. He is the prime ministerial candidate of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance for the upcoming 2014 general elections. He is best known for his speeches and his contribution in developing Gujarat.
Born: September 17, 1950 (age 63), Vadnagar
Education: Gujarat University
Party: Bharatiya Janata Party
Parents: Heeraben, Damodardas Mulchand Modi
Life and Carrer
Modi was born on 17 September 1950 to a family of grocers in Vadnagar in Mehsana district. At young age he ran, a tea stall with his brother around a bus terminus. He was an average student but a keen debater and completed his schooling in Vadnagar. Later, he started working in the staff canteen of Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation. He became a propagandist of the RSS until the time he lived there and in the future received some RSS training in Nagpur. Modi completed got his Master's degree in political science from Gujarat University, which is located in Ahmedabad.
Awards and Recognitions
- Narendra Modi was declared the Best Chief Minister in the country by a survey conducted in 2006 by India Today.
- e-Ratna award by the Computer Society of India.
- Gujarat Ratna by Shri Poona Gujarati Bandhu Samaj.
- Asian Winner of the fDi Personality of the Year Award for 2009 by FDi magazine.
- Modi also appeared on the cover of the Asian edition of the Time magazine in March 2012.
Vibrant Gujarat is the slogan used to brand Gujarat as a state of dynamic development and economic growth and prosperity. It is the name given to a biennial investors' summit held by the government of Gujarat in Gujarat. Vibrant Gujarat helped in bringing together business leaders, investors, corporations, thought leaders, policy and opinion makers. The summit is advertised as a platform to understand and explore business opportunities in the State of Gujarat. Modi has always been praised for his economic policies, which are credited with creating the environment for the high rate of economic growth in Gujarat, and vibrant Gujarat is one such example.
Personality and Image
Narendra Modi is a workaholic yet reticent person. Being a vegetarian and living a frugal life, he also likes to write poems in Gujarati. He is a controversial figure both within India and internationally but a very good speaker, and he always tends to pull the crowd with his speeches.