Born on 17th September, 1950, to Hiraba and Damodardas Modi, Narendra Modi had modest beginnings in his life. The third child among six siblings, Modi spent his early years helping his father in selling tea along with his brother. He completed his schooling in Vadara, a small town in Gujarat. Even in his schooling years and immediately thereafter he made a living selling tea on the Mehsana Railway Station to soldiers during the Indo-Pak war.
The first glimpse of Modi as a great orator was seen in his schooling years. In the recent interviews, his school teachers have recounted that while he was an average student, he was always a great debater who could sway the audiences.
Narendra Modi is a leading Indian politician and the current Prime Minister of India. He is known for leading his party Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) to a historic win in 2014 elections. He became the first Indian Prime Minister born after independence. He rose from a poverty-stricken tea-selling boy to a development-oriented leader, eventually becoming the longest-serving chief minister of Gujarat for 12 years.
- He was listed among ‘Time 100 most influential people in the world’ by Time magazine, in 2014.
- In 2007, he was named the best Chief Minister in the country, in a survey conducted by India Today magazine
- He featured on the cover page of March 2012 issue of TIME’s Asian edition.