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From ‘chaiwala’ to PM in waiting: The rise and rise of Narendra Modi

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  • Sep 17, 2013, 09:49 AM IST
From ‘chaiwala’ to PM in waiting: The rise and rise of Narendra Modi
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Ahmedabad: The tea corners in India are known for many intellectual political discussions. Commoners from all walks of life congregate at this point and discuss and often impose their political and social ideas on each other. Every person himself is a great orator, trying every trick from loud shouts to artistic maneuver of hands and face expressions; the only aim is to prevail over others. Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi also began his political oratory from a ‘chai’ corner that used to be the bread winner of the leader and his brother.

Today, Narendra Modi is emerging as a political icon, not only in India but internationally. But this phenomenon had a humble beginning. It took a lifetime for Modi to climb the top of the political ladder.  

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    Narendra Modi was born to Damodardas Moolchand Modi and Heeraben Modi in Mehsana, Gujarat. Since his adolescent age, he was inclined towards politics. He joined Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) to pursue a political career and have ever since been an ardent follower of RSS ideology. So firm was his belief on RSS that in his youth only once did he return to his home after joining the saffron organisation that too when his father died. 

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    A political science post graduate Modi worked relentlessly to bolster the grip of RSS on the people of Gujarat. His work for RSS and BJP bore fruit when he came close to senior BJP Leader LK Advani. Modi was entrusted with the responsibility of organising two crucial national events, the Somnath to Ayodhya Rath Yatra of L.K. Advani and a similar march from Kanyakumari to Kashmir in the North. 

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    In 1995, Modi was appointed the National Secretary of the party and given the charge of five major states in India. In 1998, he was promoted as the General Secretary (Organization), a post he held until October 2001.

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    In 2001, Chief Minister Keshu Bhai Patel resigned from the post after a loss in by-polls. The party leadership gave opportunity to Modi to be the CM. He grabbed the opportunity with both hands and the rest is history.

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    It is not that Modi didn’t face any problems. He was welcomed in the chief minister office with an earth quake that killed many. In 2002, an anti-Muslim riot burned Gujarat. Modi was accused of working against Muslims in the riot. Though, the taint is still not washed away, Modi seems to be marching silently towards the prime ministerial position. His developmental drive in Gujarat seems to be weighing more than the accusations against him. However, it is still not clear whether the Muslims have forgiven him or not.  If Modi becomes the prime ministerial candidate for BJP in 2012, it would be an acid test for him to establish his mass appeal that he is claiming to have achieved. 

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