India’s most respected and beloved Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, was born in Vadnagar, Gujarat on September 17, 1950. His life, from his childhood to when he became Prime Minister, has been very well covered in a Coffee Table Book, “Narendra Modi – The Making of a Legend” which was commissioned by Sulabh International in 2017.
The book recounts that young Narendra was born into a family of limited means and was the third of six children. He sold tea at Gujarat Railway Station to supplement the family’s meager income. His school teacher, Prahlad Patel, describes him as a hard-working student who likes to participate in debates and so on. and also a passionate NCC cadet.
Young Narendra was inducted into the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) by Lakshman Rao Inamdar in 1958 when he was around eight years old. However, he became a full time Pracharak much later in 1971, and then also Inamdar was his mentor. In the meantime, he completed his studies and then pursued an ascetic life for about three years where he was influenced by Swami Vivekanand and the Ramakrishna mission.
The Prime Minister is further defined… as a man who leads a simple and humble life but maintains tireless energy and unwavering loyalty to the causes of human relief that are so close to his heart. He is known to possess a phenomenal memory, is a good listener and learns quickly and above all an incorruptible individual who maintains the highest level of personal integrity in all dealings.
In his early days as Pracharak, in 1973, Narendra Modi was deeply involved in the Navnirman movement against rising prices. During the emergency period, almost all major BJP and Sangh leaders were imprisoned and the responsibility for creating a mass public movement and resistance to government atrocities fell to Narendra Modi and a few others. He created the Gujarat Lok Sangarsh Samiti and carried out underground activities with great success.
In the aftermath of the emergency, Modi was seconded by RSS to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) where he became deeply involved in the party’s resurgence. In 1990, he was part of Somnath at Ayodhya Rath Yatra led by Lal Krishna Advani and later Kanya Kumari’s Ekta Yatra at Lal Chowk in Kashmir with Murli Manohar Joshi. Later, he became Organizing Secretary of Gujarat and National General Secretary of BJP in 1995.
He was appointed Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2001, a post he held uncontested for over 12 years winning all the state elections with a comfortable majority such was his level of popularity in the state. . His tenure as Chief Minister was aptly explained in a simple statement by a certain Zakir Hussain, owner of a Mughlai restaurant in Ahmedabad. “Law and order is under control, people move freely, I no longer have to pay Hafta. The government has become simple and transparent,” Hussain said. Simply put, the Modi government in Gujarat has created a free atmosphere for the people to work and progress – as the people progressed, the state also progressed.
“He has no attachment to power, he stands out because people trust him, they know that no matter how difficult the challenge, he will work with the best intention and solve it,” Lata Mangeshkar said of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Narendra Modi’s emergence as a national leader began in 2013 when he highlighted development as the BJP’s key result area and firmly rejected ballot-banking politics. Modi’s character captured the imagination of the Indian voter and his party declared him a candidate for Prime Minister at the Goa conclave on June 7, 2013.
The 2014 election campaign led by Narendra Modi is often described as a “new era” campaign focused on both local and national issues. it was dominated by succinct events like “Chai Pe Charcha” and buzzed around the slogan “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas”. The election unfolded around fundamental issues of security (Kashmir, China, Pakistan), corruption, black money, connection with Italy, falling rupiah, polling bank policy, migrants from Bangladesh and related problems.
“India has won,” Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi tweeted after the election results were declared and his party, the BJP, emerged victorious with an unprecedented majority.
Around 20 days after his birthday on October 7, 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will complete 21 consecutive years as the head of a democratically elected government, 12 Plus as Chief Minister of Gujarat and the remainder as Prime Minister on two terms, including the second. is in progress.
With the intention of marking this iconic journey as an inspiration for future generations, Bluekraft Digital Foundation has released a book, “[email protected] – Dreams meet delivery. The book contains five sections and 21 chapters, with each chapter written by an expert in the field. Issues relating to social and political impact, economic policy, governance and foreign affairs, among others, have been addressed in the book.
“He has no attachment to power, he stands out because people trust him, they know that no matter how difficult the challenge, he will work with the best intention and solve it,” Lata Mangeshkar says of the Premier Minister Narendra Modi in the book’s preface.
International badminton player, PV Sindhu, in the first chapter of the book, defined the Prime Minister as an undisputed icon of Indian youth due to his “Hoga Kaise Nahin” attitude.
“India is a civilizational state more than a nation state, most leaders are reluctant to see it as such, but not Modi. This thought process is now very clearly visible from the vision the Prime Minister articulated in his Independence Day 2022 speech.
The authors mainly covered the people-centric policies that the Prime Minister pursued during his political career as both Chief Minister and Prime Minister.
The most notable people centered activities which have been widely praised by almost all writers are – Make in India (Atmanirbhar Bharat), Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, PM Jan Dhan Yojana (DBT), PM Mudra Yojana, PM Fasal Bima Yojana (Soil Health Card), Jan Bhagidari, Beti Bachaoo, Beti Padhao Yojana, Skill India, Digital India, Swach Bharat, Namame Gange, International Day of Yoga, Jeevan Bima Yojana, Atal Pension Yojana, Ayush, Self Help Groups, Sukanya Samridhi Yojana, OROP, Van Bandhu (tribals).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a big proponent of the spirit of “Shakti” which is reflected in his government through Jal Shakti, Raksha Shakti, Ujra Shakti and Gyan Shakti among others. The concept is further reinforced with a focus on infant mortality, female empowerment, cleanliness, tree planting, electricity, agriculture, tribes and sports. On his belief in providing clean, hassle-free governance, he initially gave instructions for the shredding of 11,000 records in his office and repealed 32 irrelevant acts from the Constitution.
A detailed reading of the book highlights a distinct Modi personality. The inspiring aspect of the character is his selfless nature and great affection for his country and people. These traits were honed over the years by his spiritual inclination developed as a young man in the company of Sadhus/Saints and later as Pracharak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) which continues to be his main identity even today. today.
The Prime Minister is further defined in the book as a man who leads a simple, humble life but maintains tireless energy and unwavering loyalty to the causes of human relief that are so close to his heart. He is known to possess a phenomenal memory, is a good listener and learns quickly and above all an incorruptible individual who maintains the highest level of personal integrity in all dealings.
In his working philosophy, the Prime Minister maintains a bottom-up approach to governance in which the consultation process starts from the Booths to the Panchayats and works its way up from the States to the center. He interacts with party workers at all levels with equal ease and respect. He gives very logical explanations to concepts and policies while remaining based on his political ideology. This facilitates better decision-making at all levels.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi knows very well how to find an opportunity to move forward even in the most difficult circumstances. While battling the formidable challenge of COVID, he also evolved the concept of Atmanirbhar Bharat and applied it in the production of PPE kits, masks and finally vaccines. He remains personally involved in all projects and, in fact, micro-manages them with frequent visits and briefings in which he motivates project managers and gets the most out of them.
The exponential increase in the personal appeal of prime ministers in politics has been reflected in the geographical and social expansion of the BJP. He is the catalyst that has driven and accelerated the popularity of the party across India, says Union Home Minister Amit Shah in the referenced book.
In the evolving modern India, there is no choice but to follow the Modi model of governance to advance the country as a country with a strong economy and international stature. Even the opposition parties will have to follow this model if they want to stay the course in the development of the Nation and even maintain their political relevance. So it would be better to learn from the Prime Minister and follow in his footsteps.