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PM Narendra Modi turns 72: A timeline of his important political career

From an ordinary RSS worker to the Prime Minister of the world’s largest democracy, Narendra Damodardas Modi’s life has been a life of struggle and conviction and an inspiration to billions of people. Hailing from a humble background, he rose through the ranks through hard work, combining tradition with modernity like never before. It is said that Modi, born and educated in Vadnagar, Gujarat, left home as a teenager and lived with sadhus across the country for months. He was associated with the RSS from a young age, which shaped his philosophy in life. And as Modi turns 72, here’s a snapshot of the political life of a man who put India on the world map.

emergency time

In 1972, according to reports, Modi helped set up a unit of the ABVP, the student wing of the RSS, in Ahmedabad. Two years later, he emerged as a flamboyant leader through the anti-corruption Navnirman movement. He was then appointed general secretary of the RSS-backed Gujarat Lok Sangharsh Samiti, which was coordinating the opposition to the Emergency in the state. After the RSS was banned, Modi went underground and traveled in disguise. But as soon as the ban was lifted, he took on greater responsibilities within the organization.

Ram Mandir Movement

Modi entered mainstream politics in 1987. He joined the BJP and organized his campaign for the Ahmedabad civic polls, in which the party won. He was promoted as General Secretary (Organization) of Gujarat unit within a year. In 1990, Modi was named a member of the BJP’s National Election Committee for successfully organizing the then BJP chief LK Advani’s Somnath-Ayodhya Rath Yatra and Murli Manohar Joshi’s Kanyakumari-Kashmir Ekta Yatra.

to strengthen Gujarat

In 1995, the BJP came to power in Gujarat and since then the state has remained its stronghold. Modi was appointed BJP’s national secretary that year and was promoted to general secretary in 1998, a position he held till 2001. He is credited with ending factionalism in the Gujarat BJP between the supporters of Shankarsinh Vaghela and Keshubhai Patel.

Appointed as Chief Minister of Gujarat

In 2001, Modi was chosen to replace Keshubhai Patel, the then CM of Gujarat, due to his ill health and poor public image after the Bhuj earthquake. Modi, who had earlier refused to become Deputy CM, was appointed by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and took oath on 7 October 2001. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly in a by-election on 24 February 2002.

Gujarat Riots

On February 27, 2002, a train carrying kar sevaks from Ayodhya was torched by a Muslim mob in Godhra, killing dozens of Hindu pilgrims, including women and children. Riots broke out across the state, in which hundreds of people from both the communities were killed. Cases were registered against Modi alleging his personal involvement in the violence. In 2005, the US also denied him a diplomatic visa. Years later, the Supreme Court closed all the cases.

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10 years: 2002-2012

Under Modi’s leadership, the BJP won a landslide victory in every subsequent election in Gujarat. It won 127 out of 182 seats in 2002; 117 in 2017; and 115 in 2012. Modi was praised for his development model, in which industries and businesses in Gujarat and the state were booming and performing well on all development indices.

Making History in 2014

By the 2014 general elections, Modi established himself as the PM candidate. He faced opposition from Advani, but most leaders supported him, with the BJP campaigning across India with the slogans of “Ab Ki Baar, Modi Sarkar”. The BJP crossed the majority on its own, securing 282 seats – the most it has won so far. Modi himself won both the constituencies – Vadodara and Varanasi.

global diplomacy

Between 2014 and 2019, Modi traveled to several countries to build diplomatic, economic and defense ties. In 2015, he suddenly visited Pakistan and met the then PM Nawaz Sharif. Two years later, he became the first Indian PM to visit Israel. He introduced revolutionary economic reforms like demonetisation on November 8, 2016 and GST on July 1, 2017.

Addressing core Hindutva issues

The 2019 Lok Sabha elections once again imposed Modi’s supremacy on India’s political arena as the NDA won 353 seats in the 543-member parliament. The first few months of his second term saw laws criminalizing triple talaq, abrogation of Article 370 and introducing the CAA, and the Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.

India during covid

Since 2019, the COVID pandemic has plunged India and the world into serious trouble, crippling the economy and crippling health infrastructure. Under Modi’s leadership, India did not rely on foreign help but developed its own vaccines. Various socio-economic policies ensured that the poor were assisted and the economy was back on track.

National Security

The surgical strikes of September 2016, Balakot airstrike of February 2019 and the Galwan skirmishes of May 2020 were turning points in India’s military history. Back home, the ruthless crackdown on terror and corruption cemented Modi’s image as a nationalist and cared little about the consequences.

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