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From chaiwala to PM: A look at Narendra Modi’s journey

In a nation that still has the Nehru-Gandhi hangover, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has left his own mark. While his dissenters are also more proactive than ever before, India has gotten a dynamic and vocal Prime Minister after a long time.

From his frequent foreign tours and tailor-made suits carrying his name to massive public rallies and social media following, PM Modi has wowed audiences everywhere. Even his critics have had to sit up and take notice.

On his 66th birthday, here’s a look at the rise of Narendra Modi and his political career.

September 17, 1950

Narendra Damodardas Modi is born in Gujarat into a Hindu family. As a youth, he worked in his family’s tea stall, according to a biography.

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Source: IBNLive

1987

Modi joins the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The BJP wins a majority in Gujarat in 1995 and Modi quickly rises up the ranks.

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Source: India Opines

2001

Modi gets his big break when Keshubhai Patel steps down as Gujarat chief minister in the wake of the January earthquake that killed thousands of people. Modi is selected as Patel’s replacement becoming Gujarat’s longest-serving chief minister.

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Source: India Opines

February 27, 2002

Riots break out after 59 passengers, mostly Hindu pilgrims, die in a train fire in Godhra in Gujarat. At least 1,000 people are killed. Modi, as chief minister, is 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.

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Source: India Opines

2005

Washington denies Modi a travel visa for religious intolerance, causing uproar in India.

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Source: India Opines

October 2008

Modi persuades 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.

February 2012

A Special Investigation Team (SIT), which has been appointed by the Supreme Court, says investigators found no evidence against Modi in the 2002 riots case.

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Source: India Opines

October 22, 2012

British High Commissioner James Bevan sits 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.

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Source: India Opines

December 20, 2012

Narendra Modi wins 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. The BJP also won four assembly seats in by-elections held in 2013.

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Narendra Modi with Atal Bihari Vajpayee. (Source: India Opines)

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.

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Source: India Opines

June 9, 2013

Modi is chosen to head the BJP’s campaign in general elections due in 2014, making him the party’s prime ministerial candidate.

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Source: Twitter

May 26, 2014

Modi becomes the 15th Prime Minister of India.

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Source: One India

August 28, 2014

PM Modi formally launched a massive financial inclusion programme named ‘Jan Dhan Yojana’ that aims to help provide a bank account for every household in the country.

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Source: India Opines

September 25, 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched “Make in India” on 25 September 2014.

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Source: Twitter

2016

Launches government schemes like Jan Dhan Yojana & Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan.

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Happy Birthday, Mr Prime Minister!

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