Narendra Damodardas Modi is the 15th and present Prime Minister of India, in office since 26th May 2014.
Modi, a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP); was the CM of Gujarat from 2001 to 2014 and is the Member of Parliament (MP) from Varanasi now.
He led the BJP in 2014 general election, which gave the party a majority in the Lok Sabha – a first for any party since 1984 – and was credited for October 2014 BJP electoral victories in the states of Haryana and Maharashtra.
In the sacred land of Vadnagar, situated at a distance of 112 km from Ahmedabad and 34 km from Mahesana, is the oldest town of Gujarat. Narendra Modi spent his childhood and early youth in this historic place. He was the third child of six children born to Damodardas and Hira Ben. As a child, Modi helped his father sell tea at the Vadnagar Railway station and later ran a tea stall with his brother near a bus tannin.
His early education took place in a government school and later he studied in B.N. High School in 1967. During student life, Narendra Modi was a man of few words but always spoke sensibly. Since childhood, he was always fond of books. He spent most of his time in the public library of Vadnagar as if this public library was his home.
During his childhood, he was very much interested in reading the biographies of great people like Vivekananda, Shivaji.
Compassion for living beings and love of nature were Narendra Modi’s second nature, from childhood. Even today he has implemented schemes such as animal hospital and animal health fair.
Rasbihari Maniar, the then teacher of Vadnagar B.N. High School, says about his student,
“Narendra Modi was always been helpful and sensitive from early childhood. He took active interest in NCC work. Discipline, compliance and helping others was his inherent nature. Despite average financial condition at home, he always appeared self-confident. He also participated actively in school activities. Oratory skills, motivating speeches, brilliance, and a sharp memory have been his identity. He instantly found a solution to any problem”.
He started helping his father in business and mother at home from early childhood. Whenever his mother fell ill, he would cook meals for the entire family and also wash clothes at the pond.
He did not have more than two pairs of clothes at that time, but he always kept them neat and clean. He washed his clothes and before sleeping at night kept them under the pillow so that by morning they were pressed.
Sometimes he would keep hot coals in a brass mug and iron his clothes. Narendra Modi inherited moral principles of concern and benevolence from his parents. His mother Hira Ben had good knowledge of household medicines. It was a kind of God’s blessing. She gave free medicines to the patients who came to their house. From 5 o’clock in the morning, a crowd would assemble in their house. Narendra Modi would get up early, to help his mother and helped the patients waiting in the house.
Narendra Modi himself tells, “My mother is not educated, but has been bestowed by God with the knowledge of medicines“.
Narendra Modi was a supporter of communal harmony from early childhood. Eradication of untouchability is a joint responsibility of the society. He highlighted this social problem by means of a school play titled, ‘Feelu FhooY meaning ‘yellow flower‘.
The play was unique in a sense because Narendra Modi was himself the writer, director and actor of this play. The theme of the play was connected with the eradication of untouchability.
The story revolves around a Dalit family. There is a Dalit family in the village. The Dalit woman has a son who falls ill. The mother takes her sick child to doctors, physicians, tantriks, and many others. But no one was ready to treat the untouchable child.
Someone suggested to the woman that if she went to the village temple and touched the child with the yellow flowers offered to god, her child would get well. The Dalit mother runs to the temple, but she is not allowed to enter the temple. Finally, the Dalit woman literally begs the temple priest with open arms for her child’s life. The priest’s heart melts and he gives the yellow flowers to the woman. By the time the Dalit woman reaches home with the yellow flower her son had stopped breathing. Through this theatrical performance Narendra Modi, a student of eighth class at that time, gave the message—”Everyone has an equal right over flowers offered to god“.
Since early childhood Narendra Modi was fond of swimming. He is a good swimmer. During those days, he went to the Sharmishtha pond of Vadnagar. There were many crocodiles in the pond, but brave Narendra Modi was not afraid of them.
Every year during monsoons, the villagers would make rafts and swim to the canopy in the middle of the pond and hoist a flag over it. Narendra Modi would also swim to the middle of the pond from the bank near the public library. During monsoons, the pond filled with water because of the rains therefore, it was quite risky to swim and hoist the flag. Moreover, it was dangerous because of the crocodile. However, Narendra Modi would take any risk. Once he jumped into the pond with his friends, Mahindra and Bachu during one such occasion. The villagers played the drums to keep the crocodiles away from them, Narendra swam into the pond with his friends, changed the flag on the canopy, and returned.
Everybody in the village greeted them warmly. Narendra Modi was an expert at fighting crocodiles. One day Narendra Modi, along with a friend, went to the Sharrnishtha pond and brought home a baby crocodile.
His mother said to him lovingly, “Son, what you have done is not right. It is not good to separate a child from the mother. Won’t you be sad if somebody separated you from your mother? Similarly, we should also not separate this child from its mother. Go instantly and leave this baby crocodile from where you have brought it“. Narendra Modi immediately obeyed his mother and returned the baby crocodile to the pond.
Narendra Modi has inherited the qualities of social service and nation service from his family. He also participated whole-heartedly in the service of soldiers.
In 1962, when there was war between India and China, a wave of patriotism flowed in the entire country. During that time, there was a large movement of Indian soldiers on Gujarat trains, which passed from the Mehsana railway line near Vadnagar.
Narendra Modi was merely 12 years old at that time. Even at that small age, he had a strong desire to do something for the soldiers of his country’s Army. He saw many social service-minded people going to Mehsana to serve the Indian soldiers at the railway station. Narendra Modi took permission from his parents and immediately went along with them. He enthusiastically joined the social workers in handing out food packets and tea and snacks to the soldiers of the Indian Army passing through the Mehsana railway station.
Filled with devotion for his country Narendra Modi, dedicated himself completely—ignoring time and sometimes his own hunger — to serve the valiant soldiers. At times the train carrying the soldiers passed the Mehsana railway station late at night. However, Narendra Modi in his fervor to serve stayed awake. Sometimes when he was extremely exhausted he would take a short nap in a corner of the station.
Narendra Modi got immense satisfaction in serving the soldiers of the Army, who had left their homes to serve the country. Many other such incidents, displaying his concern and affection for his country, make him an extraordinary person.
At the age of 17, Narendra Modi forsaking studies and home left for the Himalayas to attain spiritual knowledge. Narendra Modi, after roaming about and meeting many sadhus and saints finally reached the Himalayas. He did not have a single paisa when he left home. He met many people and talking to them acquired good knowledge about human nature, but one day he realized he would not reach any destination by moving around like this.
He had been roaming aimlessly for two years, therefore, he decided to return home. Narendra Modi says, “I wanted to do something, but I did not understand what I should do.”
After two years, Narendra Modi returned to Vadnagar. Remembering that incident, his mother, tearfully says,
“We did not get any news about him for two years. I was almost mad with grief. Suddenly, one day, he returned. He ate food and again went out. I opened his bag out of curiosity and saw there was a kurta, a loin-cloth, and my photo under his dhoti. I do not know from where he got my photograph. However, he remained in the house for one day and one night and then went away“.
Narendra Modi, never returned to Vadnagar after he left it that day. Instead of his mother, he considered his country to be the ultimate and dedicated his entire life to serving it and society.
Then Narendra Modi came to Ahmedabad, he did not know where he had to go and what he wanted to do. There was no objective, no goal. He roamed around aimlessly. Sometimes he met his friends, sometimes went to his uncle’s canteen while at other times, he would participate in social, religious and other activities taking place in Ahmedabad. Perhaps, he was in search of an aim to work upon.
At this time, he again came into contact with the Sangh(RSS). He met Vakil Sahib and his disoriented life found a newer way.
After becoming a promoter, Narendra Modi got fully involved in the promotion and propagation of the Sangh. He was very popular amongst the voluntary workers. Despite being busy in social activities, he always remained spiritual at heart. During the time when he was the General Secretary of the BJP, he would spend one week in solitude in the Gtr forest during Diwali. This was his routine every year, to come close to God and Nature.
Narendra Modi says, “I am a Nature-lover and I enjoy being in the company of Nature.”. For the last 40 years, Narendra Modi has been keeping fast twice a year during the Navaratras. During these nine days, he only drinks water. He worships Shakti and has traveled across India. He has visited all the 12 Jyotirlingas and in 1998, he also went to Mansarovar.
As it is he is fond of nature and God. He likes to eat simple food. He had left his home at a young age and has always been a wanderer his whole life, therefore, he eats whatever he gets. He is not particular about taste and has no preferences.
He has always used technology for the expansion of his work. Narendra Modi is always connected to the best technology in the world. He has a strong relationship with the social media. He is also one of the advanced leaders of the country who remains in touch with the social media. He has lakhs of followers, most of them being young people. One can listen to all his speeches on the YouTube. The youth of the country feel honoured to keep in contact with Narendra Modi. He tweets regularly and has more than 25 lakh followers.
Narendra Modi is also the first politician of India to use digital technology for election campaign, He devotes himself completely to the task he undertakes. Therfore perhaps he rarely has a full night’s sleep. He goes to sleep by midnight and gets up at five in the morning, sleeping for only 4 to 5 hours.
Besides reading ideological literature, Narendra Modi also likes to write. He wrote his first book, “Sangharsh meGujarat” at the age of 25 years within a period of one month. He also wrote a book titled “Sembandh” on the life of Vakil Sahib. A glimpse of the poet inside Narendra Modi can also be seen in his book of poems titled “Aankh as dhanya chhe“. He also wrote a book titled Jyotipunj on the life of the workers and promoters of the Sangh.
Besides, he has also translated many Marathi books into Gujarati. His resolve to protect the environment is evident in his book “Convenient Action“, whereas social perceptions are visible in his book “Samajik Samrasta‘.
A book titled ‘Shri Gump‘ has been written by Modi on the life of Shri Guruji. Another book based on the letters of Shri Guruji titled, ‘Petra Roop Guruji‘ has been edited by Narendra Modi. His love for words is apparent in his speeches. His tongue and fingers both seem to be blessed by Saraswati, the goddess of learning. He is not only a competent writer but also a vibrant orator, who can mesmerize millions of audiences.
If we look at some of the aspects of his personality, we would see that Narendra Modi is a visionary — it means that he has the potential to take each step to the final conclusion. Through this work, and principles, he has elicited the faith and trust of the people.
Unique and quick decision making, ability to play many roles simultaneously, complete dedication towards any work, the potential to devote himself completely to the fulfillment of a task without taking tension, the ability to priorities his work, faith in team spirit, strong conviction, and belief on his own intelligence and the ability to face difficult circumstances and problems, the wisdom to take strong steps at the required time and behave politely, listen to a common man -the amalgamation of so many qualities has made Narendra Modi immensely successful. It is said that Management is doing things right, while Leadership is doing the right thing.
The secret of Narendra Modi’s success lies in the fact that he always does what is right. This is the reason why the people of this country today have immense faith in him. It is this trust which has led to his becoming the Chief Minister of Gujarat three times amidst great popularity. Narendra Modi, who has the image of a strict, disciplined and hard-working administrator, is extremely generous and kind, and compassionate towards the poor and the deprived.
His intention has always been to remove the problems of society. What kind of a heart does a worker have? This is seen in the working style and behavior of Narendra Modi. One of his brothers, Somabhai,is a retired health officer who now runs an old age home in the city of Ahmedabad.
Another of his brother Prahlad, an activist on behalf of fair price shop owners, has his own fair price shop in Ahmedabad. His third brother Pankaj is employed with the Information Department in Gandhi Nagar.
Before the 2014 General Elections, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi had promised to bring foreign investment into India to create more job opportunities for skilled and qualified Indian youth. Modi announced an innovative program called ‘Make in India’ in his first independence day speech as the Indian Prime Minister on 15th August at the Red Fort.
Service and quick decision are inherent nature of Narendra Modi. Surat was flooded with water because of floods in Tapi River. The Chief Minister was himself on the job to ensure that the administration works efficiently. Narendra Modi reached Surat and personally supervised the work of cleanliness. He was passing by a society. Suddenly a young man, who was angry, started shouting slogans with his friends against Narendra Modi. He saw all this happening from his car. Modi asked his driver to stop the car. His security guards were apprehensive the situation may turn ugly. Narendra Modi got down from the car and went straight to the young man and put his hand on his shoulder and asked, “Tell me, son, what is the problem?“.
The furious man cooled down immidiately and said, “Sir, our society is filled with slush. We have complained to the Corporation many times but since last 2 days no body is cleaning the place. That’s why I am angry”.
On hearing this, the Chief Minster immediately called the officers and standing in the same place said, “The society
should be completely clean by tonight“.
He kept standing there for 30 minutes and left the place only after the work started. People were happy and impressed with this action of Narendra Modi. Another secret behind Narendra Modi’s success is that he believes in action; he does not delay or leave work for the next day. Narendra Modi’s heart, which is filled with compassion and empathy, considers the pain of others as his own pain.
What is it which inspires Narendra Modi to serve the common man and think about public welfare? From early
childhood, he was impressed with two great personalities— Swami Vivekananda and Modi’s own mother Hira Ben. Inspired by these two in his childhood Narendra Modi learnt to serve people.
This spirit to serve the people and concern for their welfare is constantly flowing in the heart of Narendra Modi. As it is he has dedicated his entire life towards public welfare and to serve the country. Today, all around the country there is an atmosphere of frustration, despair, and despondency. In these circumstances, the people of this country look upon Narendra Modi as a ray of hope and optimism.