24May-2014, IBN Live: Here is a look at the rise of Narendra Modi and his illustrious political career spanning three decades. Modi was born in Vadnagar in present-day Gujarat into a Hindu family. As a youth, he worked in his family’s tea stall, according to a biography.
Bal Narendra – Childhood Stories of Narendra Modi, a comic book brought out by Rannade Prakashan and Blue Snail Animation, tells stories of bravery and “fearlessness” from BJP leader and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s childhood. The comic book, that has no known author, is a catalogue of larger-than-life deeds for his family, friends and society in general.
In 1987 Modi joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as the fledgling party tapped into the growth of Hindu nationalism across India. The BJP won a majority in Gujarat in 1995 and Modi quickly rose up the ranks.
Modi was selected as Patel’s replacement and has remained in power ever since, becoming Gujarat’s longest-serving chief minister.
Modi got his big break when Keshubhai Patel stepped down as Gujarat chief minister in the wake of the January earthquake that killed thousands of people.
On February 27, 2002, riots broke out after 59 passengers, mostly Hindu pilgrims, died in a train fire in the town of Godhra in Gujarat. At least 1,000 people, mainly Muslims, were killed. Modi, as chief minister, was accused by critics of not doing enough to stem the riots and even quietly encouraging them — allegations he has strongly denied and which have never been proved. In this photo, activists of Congress party are seen shouting anti-government slogans near posters of then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee (top) and then Chief Minister of Gujarat, Modi, during a protest rally in New Delhi, April 13, 2002.
In 2005, Washington denied Modi a travel visa for religious intolerance, causing uproar in India.
In 2012, one of Modi’s former ministers, Maya Kodnani, was sentenced to 28 years in prison alongside 30 others for their role in the riots.
Then Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi (C)flashing the victory sign during a march in the village of Faghval, 75 kms south from the city of Ahmedabad on September 8, 2002. A controversial Gaurav Yatra (pride march) organised by the ruling Bharatiya Party (BJP) began amid fears it might incite a fresh round of communal violence.
In February 2012, a Special Investigation Team (SIT), which was been appointed by India’s Supreme Court, said investigators found no evidence against Modi in a 2002 riots case.
Modi sits in a golf car at a business conclave organised by Muslim businessmen of Gujarat, in Ahmedabad February 7, 2014.
In October 2008, Modi persuaded Tata Motors to move its factory to build its low-cost Nano car to Gujarat from West Bengal after protests from farmers over land compensation, a sign of his business-friendly approach to politics.
In October 22, 2012, British High Commissioner James Bevan sat down with Modi to discuss business and investment in a landmark meeting that ends the UK’s 10-year diplomatic boycott after three British citizens were killed in the 2002 riots.
A media-savvy politician, Modi is an avid Twitter user.
Narendra Modi (C), India’s prime minister-elect from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), performs a religious ritual during evening prayers on the banks of river Ganges at Varanasi, in Uttar Pradesh, May 17, 2014.
In December 20, 2012, Narendra Modi won a third successive term as chief minister of Gujarat, with the BJP getting 115 of the state assembly’s 182 seats against 61 for the Congress.
Mukesh Ambani (R), chairman of Reliance Industries Ltd., speaks as Modi (C), the prime ministerial candidate for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) reacts while presenting a degree certificate to a student during a convocation ceremony at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU), a school of petroleum management at Gandhinagar.
A combination of photos shows Narendra Modi wearing different traditional headgears presented to him by well-wishers during celebrations for his 63rd birthday at Gandhinagar.
In August 31, 2012 Modi addressed a number of topics during an online web cam chat which draws questions from around India and across the world. Modi looks at books in a library inside his residence after an interview with Reuters at Gandhinagar in Gujarat June 25, 2013.
In January 7, 2013, European Union ambassadors have lunch with Modi at the German ambassador’s residence in New Delhi, ending a decade-old informal boycott of the political leader.
On June 9, 2013, Modi was chosen to head the BJP’s campaign in general elections due in 2014, a position that could make him the party’s candidate for prime minister. A day later, rival leader Lal Krishna Advani resigned from BJP posts, exposing deep rifts in the party. Advani backtracked later that week.
India’s prime minister elect Narendra Modi (R) is seen with Yoga guru Ramdev.
With his rising popularity, Narendra Modi gained some unlikely followers. One of them was his lookalike Jitendra Vyas who campaigned for Modi.
Another controversy to hit Narendra Modi during his campaigning was the revelation that he is a married man. Modi’s wife and mother as well as his brothers and sisters live in Gujarat. But Modi and his wife live separately.
On June 16, 2013, Nitish Kumar, head of the Janata Dal (United), pulled out of a 17-year-old alliance with the BJP after the party’s decision to anoint Modi as its standard-bearer for the general elections.
Bollywood actor Salman Khan (R) was seen tying a band-aid on the finger of Narendra Modi during a kite flying festival in Ahmedabad on January 14, 2014. The move was significant as it was seen as the endorsement of Modi by one of Bollywood’s top Muslim stars.
Narendra Modi (L), the prime ministerial
Narendra Modi (L), the prime ministerial candidate for India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), gestures to his supporters during a road show in New Delhi May 17, 2014. Hundreds of Indians thronged the leafy streets of New Delhi to greet Modi’s triumphant march into the capital after he decimated the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty and the ruling Congress party in the biggest election victory the country has seen in 30 years.
Narendra Modi, who will be the next prime minister of India, shows to the media a letter which he received from India’s President Pranab Mukherjee after meeting him at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi May 20, 2014.
Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), bows down in respect at the steps of the parliament house upon his arrival to attend the BJP parliamentary party meeting in New Delhi May 20, 2014. Modi fought back tears in an emotional first address to his party in India’s colonnaded parliament house after he swept to power in an election that has changed the face of politics in the country. Modi will be India’s next prime minister after leading the BJP to a historic victory.