Narendra Modi is the currently Indian Prime Minister. Narendra Modi is also a politician and author. He has been serving as the country’s prime minister since 26 May 2014.
Table of Biography
Narendra Modi was born on 17 September 1950 and he is currently 70 years old. His full name is Narendra Damodardas Modi. Narendra is originally from Vadnagar, Bombay State, Republic of India. It is present-day Gujarat. Talking about his family, Narendra’s father was Damodardas Mulchand Modi and his mother is Hiraben Modi. He is the 3rd child among six in his family.
Talking more about his family background, Modi belongs to the Modh-Ghanchi-Teli (oil-presser) community. The Indian government categorizes this community as one of the Other Backward Class (OBC). Politician Mayawati falsely accused Modi that he added his caste to the Other Backward Class (OBC) list as a political tool.
Regarding his educational journey, Narendra Modi completed his higher secondary education in Vadnagar in the year 1967. Modi is a vegetarian and teetotaler.
Career and Professional Life
Professionally, Narendra Modi is a politician. Modi serves as the 14th and current prime minister of India since 2014. Prior to this, the current prime minister was the chief minister of Gujarat from 2001 to 2014. The politician is also a Member of Parliament for Varanasi. In 1975, Narendra Modi went into hiding during a state of emergency imposed across the country.
Besides being a remarkable politician, Modi is also an author. He published a Gujarati book, Jyotipunj, in the year 2008. This book contains profiles of various RSS leaders. The Prime Minister has also authored 8 other books. Most of his books contain short stories for children.
On 31 August 2012, Modi became the 1st Indian politician to interact with citizens on a live chat via Google Hangouts. Likewise, Narendra is also a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Subsequently, Modi is also a member of the party’s National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
Further, Modi is a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). RSS is a Hindu nationalist volunteer organization. Modi had his introduction to the RSS at the young age of 8 years. After returning to Gujarat in 1971 after his travel around the country, Modi became a full-time worker for this organization. The RSS then assigned Modi to the BJP in 1985.
Modi is the 1st Indian PM born after the country’s independence in 1947. He is also the 2nd non-Congress politician to win two consecutive terms. The 1st Indian PM to hold this record was Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Moreover, Narendra Modi is also the 1st Indian PM from outside the Congress to win both terms with a majority in the Lok Sabha.
Similarly, Narendra was appointed Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2001. Later on, he was elected to the legislative assembly as well. People have criticized Modi’s administration for failing to significantly improve health, poverty, and education.
The current Indian PM led the BJP in the 2014 general election. This gave the party a majority in the Indian lower house of parliament. His administration has tried to raise foreign direct investment in the Indian economy. Modi’s administration has also reduced spending on healthcare and social welfare programs.
Furthermore, the current PM has attempted to improve efficiency in the bureaucracy. Modi abolished the Planning Commission and hence centralized power. Modi began a high-profile sanitation campaign. Narendra also initiated a controversial demonetization of high-denomination banknotes. He eventually weakened or abolished environmental and labor laws.
Under prime minister Modi’s tenure, India has experienced democratic backsliding. Modi’s administration revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir after his party’s victory in the 2019 general election. Moreover, his administration introduced the Citizenship Amendment Act. This resulted in widespread protests across the country.
Additionally, Modi has become a controversial figure both domestically and internationally. It is due to the prime minister’s Hindu nationalist beliefs.
Narendra Modi’s marriage was arranged by his parents at a very young age as per Ghanchi tradition. Modi was engaged at age 13 and married at 18 years of age to Jashodaben Modi. Back then, Jashodaben was only 17 years old at the time of their marriage in 1968. The married couple, reportedly, never consummated their marriage and kept it a secret. Had Modi not kept it a secret, he couldn’t have become a ‘pracharak’ in the puritan Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
The couple spent very little time together. Soon after their marriage, Narendra went for two years of travel. This also included visits to Hindu ashrams. Narendra kept his marriage secret for most of his career. The Prime Minister acknowledged his wife for the 1st time in 2014. It was when Modi filed his nomination for the general elections that year.
Narendra Modi stands tall at an approximate height of 1.7 meters or 5 feet 6 inches and his weight is around 172 lbs or 78 kgs. Similarly, the PM has a chest-waist-biceps size 40-34-14 inches respectively. Likewise, Modi has dark brown eyes and hair of the same color that has turned grey with aging.
Social Media and Net Worth
Talking about his social media presence, Narendra Modi joined Twitter in January 2009 and so far has over 69.4 million followers on his @narendramodi account. Likewise, on Instagram, Modi goes by @narendramodi and has over 56.7 million followers.
Further, the Prime Minister created his “Narendra Modi” Youtube channel on October 26, 2007. So far, the PM’s channel has over 1.3 billion views and 8.83 million subscribers on his channel. Likewise, the Prime Minister has over 46.6 million people following his journey on Facebook. Moving on, Narendra Modi has a net worth estimation of around ₹ 2.85 Crore or nearly $400,000 US dollars as of June 2020.