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Narendra Damodardas Modi (Gujarati: [ˈnəɾeːnd̪rə d̪aːmoːd̪əɾˈd̪aːs ˈmoːd̪iː] ( listen); born 17 September 1950) is an Indian politician who is the 16th and current Prime Minister of India, in office since May 2014. He was the Chief Minister of Gujarat
Gujarat
from 2001 to 2014, and is the Member of Parliament for Varanasi. Modi, a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party
Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP), is a Hindu nationalist and member of the right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Born to a Gujarati family in Vadnagar, Modi helped his father sell tea as a child, and later ran his own stall. He was introduced to the RSS at the age of eight, beginning a long association with the organisation. He left home after graduating from school, partly because of an arranged marriage which he rejected. Modi travelled around India
India
for two years, and visited a number of religious centres. He returned to Gujarat
Gujarat
and moved to Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad
in 1969 or 1970. In 1971 he became a full-time worker for the RSS. During the state of emergency imposed across the country in 1975, Modi was forced to go into hiding. The RSS assigned him to the BJP
BJP
in 1985, and he held several positions within the party hierarchy until 2001, rising to the rank of general secretary. Modi was appointed Chief Minister of Gujarat
Gujarat
in 2001, due to Keshubhai Patel's failing health and poor public image following the earthquake in Bhuj. Modi was elected to the legislative assembly soon after. His administration has been considered complicit in the 2002 Gujarat riots,[a] or otherwise criticised for its handling of it, although a court found no evidence to prosecute Modi.[b] His policies as chief minister, credited with encouraging economic growth, have received praise.[8] His administration has been criticised for failing to significantly improve health, poverty, and education indices in the state.[c] Modi led the BJP
BJP
in the 2014 general election, which gave the party a majority in the Lok Sabha, the first time a single party had achieved this since 1984. Modi himself was elected to parliament from Varanasi. Since taking office, Modi's administration has tried to raise foreign direct investment in the Indian economy, increased spending on infrastructure, and reduced spending on healthcare and social welfare programmes. Modi has attempted to improve efficiency in the bureaucracy, and centralised power by abolishing the planning commission and replacing it with the NITI Aayog. He has begun a high-profile sanitation campaign, and weakened or abolished environmental and labour laws. Credited with engineering a political realignment towards right-wing politics, Modi remains a figure of controversy domestically and internationally over his Hindu nationalist beliefs and his role during the 2002 Gujarat
Gujarat
riots, cited as evidence of an exclusionary social agenda.[d]

Contents

1 Early life and education 2 Early political career 3 Chief Minister of Gujarat

3.1 Taking office 3.2 2002 Gujarat
Gujarat
riots 3.3 2002 election 3.4 Second term 3.5 Development projects 3.6 Development debate 3.7 Final years

4 2014 Indian general election 5 Prime Minister

5.1 Economic policies 5.2 Health and sanitation policies 5.3 Hindutva
Hindutva
and education policy 5.4 Foreign policy 5.5 Defence policy 5.6 Environmental policies 5.7 Governance and other initiatives

6 Personal life and image

6.1 Personal life 6.2 Approval ratings

7 Awards and recognition

7.1 State honours

8 References

8.1 Notes 8.2 Citations 8.3 Sources

9 External links

Early life and education Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi
was born on 17 September 1950 to a family of grocers in Vadnagar, Mehsana district, Bombay State
Bombay State
(present-day Gujarat). He was the third of six children born to Damodardas Mulchand Modi (c.1915 – 1989) and Hiraben Modi (born c.1920).[17] Modi's family belonged to the Modh-Ghanchi- Teli
Teli
(oil-presser) community,[18][19][20] which is categorised as an Other Backward Class by the Indian government.[21][22] As a child, Modi helped his father sell tea at the Vadnagar
Vadnagar
railway station, and later ran a tea stall with his brother near a bus terminus.[23][24] Modi completed his higher secondary education in Vadnagar
Vadnagar
in 1967, where a teacher described him as an average student and a keen debater, with an interest in theatre.[25] Modi had an early gift for rhetoric in debates, and this was noted by his teachers and students.[26] Modi preferred playing larger-than-life characters in theatrical productions, which has influenced his political image.[27][28] When eight years old, Modi discovered the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), and began attending its local shakhas (training sessions). There, Modi met Lakshmanrao Inamdar, popularly known as Vakil Saheb, who inducted him as a balswayamsevak (junior cadet) for RSS and became his political mentor.[29] While Modi was training with the RSS, he also met Vasant Gajendragadkar and Nathalal Jaghda, Bharatiya Jana Sangh leaders who were founding members of the BJP's Gujarat
Gujarat
unit in 1980.[30] Engaged while still a child to Jashodaben, a girl from a family who lived close by, Modi rejected the arranged marriage at the same time he graduated from high school.[31] The resulting familial tensions contributed to his decision to leave home in 1967.[32] Modi spent the ensuing two years travelling across Northern and North-eastern India, though few details of where he went have emerged.[33] In interviews, Modi has described visiting Hindu ashrams founded by Swami Vivekananda: the Belur Math
Belur Math
near Kolkata, followed by the Advaita Ashrama
Advaita Ashrama
in Almora
Almora
and the Ramakrishna Mission
Ramakrishna Mission
in Rajkot. Modi remained only a short time at each, since he lacked the required college education.[34][35][36] Vivekananda has been described as a large influence in Modi's life.[37] In the early summer of 1968, Modi reached the Belur Math
Belur Math
but was turned away, after which Modi wandered through Calcutta, West Bengal and Assam, stopping in Siliguri and Guwahati.[38] Modi then went to the Ramakrishna Ashram
Ashram
in Almora, where he was again rejected, before travelling back to Gujarat
Gujarat
via Delhi and Rajasthan in 1968–69.[39] Sometime in late 1969 or early 1970, Modi returned to Vadnagar
Vadnagar
for a brief visit before leaving again for Ahmedabad.[40] There, Modi lived with his uncle, working in the latter's canteen at the Gujarat
Gujarat
State Road Transport Corporation.[41][42] In Ahmedabad, Modi renewed his acquaintance with Inamdar, who was based at the Hedgewar Bhavan (RSS headquarters) in the city.[43][44][45] After the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, he stopped working for his uncle and became a full-time pracharak (campaigner) for the RSS,[42] working under Inamdar.[46] Shortly before the war, Modi took part in a non-violent protest against the Indian government in New Delhi, for which he was arrested; this has been cited as a reason for Inamdar electing to mentor him.[46] Many years later Modi would co-author a biography of Inamdar, published in 2001.[47] In 1978 Modi received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from School of Open Learning[48] at University of Delhi,[49][50] graduating with a third class.[51] Five years later, in 1982, he received a Master of Arts degree in political science from Gujarat University,[52][53] as an external distance learning student.[54] Early political career In June 1975, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi
Indira Gandhi
declared a state of emergency in India
India
which lasted until 1977. During this period, known as "The Emergency", many of her political opponents were jailed and opposition groups were banned.[55][56] Modi was appointed general secretary of the " Gujarat
Gujarat
Lok Sangharsh Samiti", an RSS committee coordinating opposition to the Emergency in Gujarat. Shortly afterwards, the RSS was banned.[57] Modi was forced to go underground in Gujarat
Gujarat
and frequently travelled in disguise to avoid arrest. He became involved in printing pamphlets opposing the government, sending them to Delhi and organising demonstrations.[58][59] Modi was also involved with creating a network of safe houses for individuals wanted by the government, and in raising funds for political refugees and activists.[60] During this period, Modi wrote a book in Gujarati, Sangharsh Ma Gujarat
Gujarat
(In The Struggles of Gujarat), describing events during the Emergency.[61][62] Among the people he met in this role was trade unionist and socialist activist George Fernandes, as well as several other national political figures.[63] In his travels during the Emergency, Modi was often forced to move in disguise, once dressing as a monk, and once as a Sikh.[60] Modi became an RSS sambhag pracharak (regional organiser) in 1978, overseeing RSS activities in the areas of Surat
Surat
and Vadodara, and in 1979 he went to work for the RSS in Delhi, where he was put to work researching and writing the RSS's version of the history of the Emergency.[64] He returned to Gujarat
Gujarat
a short while later, and was assigned by the RSS to the BJP
BJP
in 1985.[30] In 1987 Modi helped organise the BJP's campaign in the Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad
municipal election, which the BJP
BJP
won comfortably; Modi's planning has been described as the reason for that result by biographers.[65] After L. K. Advani
L. K. Advani
became president of the BJP
BJP
in 1986, the RSS decided to place its members in important positions within the BJP; Modi's work during the Ahmedabad election led to his selection for this role, and Modi was elected organising secretary of the BJP's Gujarat
Gujarat
unit later in 1987.[66] Modi rose within the party and was named a member of the BJP's National Election Committee in 1990, helping organise L. K. Advani's 1990 Ram Rath Yatra
Ram Rath Yatra
in 1990 and Murli Manohar Joshi's 1991–92 Ekta Yatra (Journey for Unity).[25][67][68] However, he took a brief break from politics in 1992, instead establishing a school in Ahmedabad; friction with Shankersingh Vaghela, a BJP
BJP
MP from Gujarat
Gujarat
at the time, also played a part in this decision.[68] Modi returned to electoral politics in 1994, partly at the insistence of Advani, and as party secretary, Modi's electoral strategy was considered central to the BJP victory in the 1995 state assembly elections.[68][30][69][70] In November of that year Modi was elected BJP
BJP
national secretary and transferred to New Delhi, where he assumed responsibility for party activities in Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.[69][71] The following year, Shankersinh Vaghela, a prominent BJP
BJP
leader from Gujarat, defected to the Indian National Congress
Indian National Congress
(Congress, INC) after losing his parliamentary seat in the Lok Sabha
Lok Sabha
elections.[25] Modi, on the selection committee for the 1998 Assembly elections in Gujarat, favoured supporters of BJP
BJP
leader Keshubhai Patel over those supporting Vaghela to end factional division in the party. His strategy was credited as key to the BJP
BJP
winning an overall majority in the 1998 elections,[69][72] and Modi was promoted to BJP
BJP
general secretary (organisation) in May of that year.[73] Chief Minister of Gujarat Taking office In 2001, Keshubhai Patel's health was failing and the BJP
BJP
lost a few state assembly seats in by-elections. Allegations of abuse of power, corruption and poor administration were made, and Patel's standing had been damaged by his administration's handling of the earthquake in Bhuj in 2001.[69][74][75] The BJP
BJP
national leadership sought a new candidate for the chief ministership, and Modi, who had expressed misgivings about Patel's administration, was chosen as a replacement.[25] Although BJP
BJP
leader L. K. Advani
L. K. Advani
did not want to ostracise Patel and was concerned about Modi's lack of experience in government, Modi declined an offer to be Patel's deputy chief minister, telling Advani and Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
that he was "going to be fully responsible for Gujarat
Gujarat
or not at all". On 3 October 2001 he replaced Patel as Chief Minister of Gujarat, with the responsibility of preparing the BJP
BJP
for the December 2002 elections.[76] On 7 October 2001, Modi was administered the oath of office.[77] On 24 February 2002 he entered the Gujarat
Gujarat
state legislature by winning a by-election to the Rajkot
Rajkot
– II constituency, defeating Ashwin Mehta of the INC by 14,728 votes, which enabled him to take office.[78] 2002 Gujarat
Gujarat
riots Main article: 2002 Gujarat
Gujarat
riots On 27 February 2002, a train with several hundred passengers burned near Godhra, killing approximately 60 people.[e] The train carried a large number of Hindu pilgrims returning from Ayodhya
Ayodhya
after a religious ceremony at the site of the demolished Babri Masjid.[81][82] In making a public statement after the incident, Modi said that the attack had been terror attack planned by local Muslims.[3][81][83] The next day, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad
Vishwa Hindu Parishad
called for a bandh across the state.[84][85] Riots began during the bandh, and anti-Muslim violence spread through Gujarat.[81][84][85] The government's decision to move the bodies of the train victims from Godhra to Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad
further inflamed the violence.[81][86] The state government stated later that 790 Muslims and 254 Hindus were killed.[87] Independent sources put the death toll at over 2000.[81][88] Approximately 150,000 people were driven to refugee camps.[89] Numerous women and children were among the victims; the violence included mass rapes and mutilations of women.[2] The government of Gujarat
Gujarat
itself is generally considered by scholars to have been complicit in the riots,[1][2][3] and has otherwise received heavy criticism for its handling of the situation.[90] Several scholars have described the violence as a pogrom, while others have called it an example of state terrorism.[91][92][93] Summarising academic views on the subject, Martha Nussbaum
Martha Nussbaum
said: "There is by now a broad consensus that the Gujarat
Gujarat
violence was a form of ethnic cleansing, that in many ways it was premeditated, and that it was carried out with the complicity of the state government and officers of the law."[2] The Modi government imposed a curfew in 26 major cities, issued shoot-at-sight orders and called for the army to patrol the streets, but was unable to prevent the violence from escalating.[84][85] The president of the state unit of the BJP expressed support for the bandh, despite such actions being illegal at the time.[3] State officials later prevented riot victims from leaving the refugee camps, and the camps were often unable to meet the needs of those living there.[94] Muslim victims of the riots were subject to further discrimination when the state government announced that compensation for Muslim victims would be half of that offered to Hindus, although this decision was later reversed after the issue was taken to court.[95] During the riots, police officers often did not intervene in situations where they were able.[2][83][96] In 2012 Maya Kodnani, a minister in Modi's government from 2007 to 2009, was convicted of participation in the Naroda Patiya massacre
Naroda Patiya massacre
during the 2002 riots.[97][98] Although Modi's government had announced that it would seek the death penalty for Kodnani on appeal, it reversed its decision in 2013.[99][100] Modi's personal involvement in the 2002 events has continued to be debated. During the riots, Modi said that "What is happening is a chain of action and reaction."[2] Later in 2002, Modi said the way in which he had handled the media was his only regret regarding the episode.[101] Modi has not offered an apology for the riots and has stated that he should be rather punished and not forgiven if he is guilty.[11][102] In March 2008, the Supreme Court reopened several cases related to the 2002 riots, including that of the Gulbarg Society massacre, and established a Special
Special
Investigation Team (SIT) to look into the issue.[90][103][104] In response to a petition from Zakia Jafri (widow of Ehsan Jafri, who was killed in the Gulbarg Society massacre), in April 2009 the court also asked the SIT to investigate the issue of Modi's complicity in the killings.[103] The SIT questioned Modi in March 2010; in May, it presented to the court a report finding no evidence against him.[103][105] In July 2011, the court-appointed amicus curiae Raju Ramachandran submitted his final report to the court. Contrary to the SIT's position, he said that Modi could be prosecuted based on the available evidence.[106][107] The Supreme Court gave the matter to the magistrate's court. The SIT examined Ramachandran's report, and in March 2012 submitted its final report, asking for the case to be closed. Zakia Jaffri filed a protest petition in response. In December 2013 the magistrate's court rejected the protest petition, accepting the SIT's finding that there was no evidence against the chief minister.[108] 2002 election In the aftermath of the violence there were widespread calls for Modi to resign as chief minister from within and outside the state, including from leaders of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
and the Telugu Desam Party (allies in the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance coalition), and opposition parties stalled Parliament over the issue.[109] Modi submitted his resignation at the April 2002 BJP national executive meeting in Goa, but it was not accepted.[110] His cabinet had an emergency meeting on 19 July 2002, after which it offered its resignation to the Gujarat
Gujarat
Governor S. S. Bhandari, and the state assembly was dissolved.[111][112] Despite opposition from the election commissioner, who said that a number of voters were still displaced, Modi succeeded in advancing the election to December 2002.[113] In the elections, the BJP
BJP
won 127 seats in the 182-member assembly.[114] Although Modi later denied it, he made significant use of anti-Muslim rhetoric during his campaign,[115][116][117][118] and the BJP
BJP
profited from religious polarisation among the voters.[113] He won the Maninagar
Maninagar
constituency, receiving 1,13,589 of 1,54,981 votes and defeating INC candidate Yatin Oza by 75,333 votes.[119] On 22 December 2002, Bhandari swore Modi in for a second term.[120] Modi framed the criticism of his government for human rights violations as an attack upon Gujarati pride, a strategy which led to the BJP
BJP
winning two-thirds of the seats in the state assembly.[1][115] Second term During Modi's second term the rhetoric of the government shifted from Hindutva
Hindutva
to Gujarat's economic development.[74][1][115] Modi curtailed the influence of Sangh Parivar
Sangh Parivar
organisations such as the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) and the Vishva Hindu Parishad
Vishva Hindu Parishad
(VHP),[121] entrenched in the state after the decline of Ahmedabad's textile industry,[74] and dropped Gordhan Zadafia
Gordhan Zadafia
(an ally of former Sangh co-worker and VHP state chief Praveen Togadia) from his cabinet. When the BKS staged a farmers' demonstration Modi ordered their eviction from state-provided houses, and his decision to demolish 200 illegal temples in Gandhinagar
Gandhinagar
deepened the rift with the VHP.[121][122] Sangh organisations were no longer consulted or informed in advance about Modi's administrative decisions.[121] Nonetheless, Modi retained connections with some Hindu nationalists. Modi wrote a foreword to a textbook by Dinanath Batra released in 2014, which stated that ancient India
India
possessed technologies including test-tube babies.[123][124] Modi's relationship with Muslims continued to attract criticism. Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
(who asked Modi for tolerance in the aftermath of the 2002 Gujarat
Gujarat
violence and supported his resignation as chief minister)[125][126] distanced himself, reaching out to North Indian Muslims before the 2004 Lok Sabha
Lok Sabha
elections. After the elections Vajpayee called the violence in Gujarat
Gujarat
a reason for the BJP's electoral defeat and said it had been a mistake to leave Modi in office after the riots.[127][128] Questions about Modi's relationship with Muslims were also raised by many Western nations during his tenure as chief minister. Modi was barred from entering the United States
United States
by the State Department, in accordance with the recommendations of the Commission on International Religious Freedom formed under the aegis of the International Religious Freedom Act,[129][130] the only person denied a US visa under this law.[131] The UK and the European Union
European Union
refused to admit him because of what they saw as his role in the riots. As Modi rose to prominence in India, the UK[132] and the EU[133] lifted their bans in October 2012 and March 2013, respectively, and after his election as prime minister he was invited to Washington.[134][135] During the run-up to the 2007 assembly elections and the 2009 general election, the BJP
BJP
intensified its rhetoric on terrorism.[136] In July 2006, Modi criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Manmohan Singh
" for his reluctance to revive anti-terror legislation" such as the 2002 Prevention of Terrorism Act. He asked the national government to allow states to invoke tougher laws in the wake of the 2006 Mumbai train bombings.[137] In 2007 Modi authored Karmayog, a 101-page booklet discussing manual scavenging. In it, Modi argued that scavenging was a "spiritual experience" for Dalits.[138][139] However, this book was not circulated that time because of the election code of conduct.[140] After the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, Modi held a meeting to discuss the security of Gujarat's 1,600-kilometre (990 mi)-long coastline, resulting in government authorisation of 30 high-speed surveillance boats.[141] In July 2007 Modi completed 2,063 consecutive days as chief minister of Gujarat, making him the longest-serving holder of that post,[142] and the BJP
BJP
won 122 of 182 state-assembly seats in that year's election.[143] Development projects

The Sardar Sarovar Dam
Sardar Sarovar Dam
during a 2006 height increase.

As Chief Minister, Modi favoured privatisation and small government, which was at odds with the philosophy of the RSS, usually described as anti-privatisation and anti-globalisation. His policies during his second term have been credited with reducing corruption in the state. He established financial and technology parks in Gujarat
Gujarat
and during the 2007 Vibrant Gujarat
Gujarat
summit, real-estate investment deals worth ₹6.6 trillion were signed.[74] The governments led by Patel and Modi supported NGOs and communities in the creation of groundwater-conservation projects. By December 2008, 500,000 structures had been built, of which 113,738 were check dams, which helped recharge the aquifers beneath them.[144] Sixty of the 112 tehsils which had depleted the water table in 2004 had regained their normal groundwater levels by 2010.[145] As a result, the state's production of genetically modified cotton increased to become the largest in India.[144] The boom in cotton production and its semi-arid land use[146] led to Gujarat's agricultural sector growing at an average rate of 9.6 percent from 2001 to 2007.[147] Public irrigation measures in central and southern Gujarat, such as the Sardar Sarovar Dam, were less successful. The Sardar Sarovar project only irrigated 4–6% of the area intended.[144] Nonetheless, from 2001 to 2010 Gujarat
Gujarat
recorded an agricultural growth rate of 10.97 percent – the highest of any state.[146] However, sociologists have pointed out that the growth rate under the 1992–97 INC government was 12.9 percent.[148] In 2008 Modi offered land in Gujarat to Tata Motors
Tata Motors
to set up a plant manufacturing the Nano after a popular agitation had forced the company to move out of West Bengal. Several other companies followed the Tata's to Gujarat.[149] The Modi government finished the process of bringing electricity to every village in Gujarat
Gujarat
that its predecessor had almost completed.[148] Modi significantly changed the state's system of power distribution, greatly impacting farmers. Gujarat
Gujarat
expanded the Jyotigram Yojana scheme, in which agricultural electricity was separated from other rural electricity; the agricultural electricity was rationed to fit scheduled irrigation demands, reducing its cost. Although early protests by farmers ended when those who benefited found that their electricity supply had stabilised,[144] according to an assessment study corporations and large farmers benefited from the policy at the expense of small farmers and labourers.[150] Development debate

Modi addressing graduates of the Gujarat
Gujarat
National Law University in 2012.

There has been a contentious debate surrounding the development of the state of Gujarat
Gujarat
during Modi's tenure as chief minister.[151] The GDP growth rate of Gujarat
Gujarat
averaged 10% during Modi's tenure, a value above that of the country as a whole, and similar to other highly industrialised states.[149] Gujarat
Gujarat
also had a high rate of economic growth in the 1990s, before Modi took office.[152] Some scholars have stated the rate of growth did not accelerate during Modi's tenure,[152] although the state is considered to have maintained a high growth rate during Modi's Chief Ministership.[95] Under Modi, Gujarat
Gujarat
topped the World Bank's "ease of doing business" rankings among Indian states for two consecutive years.[153] In 2013, Gujarat was ranked first among Indian states for "economic freedom" by a report measuring governance, growth, citizens' rights and labour and business regulation among the country's 20 largest states.[149][154] In the later years of Modi's government, Gujarat's economic growth was frequently used as an argument to counter allegations of communalism.[1] Tax breaks for businesses were easier to obtain in Gujarat
Gujarat
than in other states, as was land. Modi's policies to make Gujarat
Gujarat
attractive for investment included the creation of Special Economic Zones, where labour laws were greatly weakened.[115] Despite its growth rate, Gujarat
Gujarat
had a relatively poor record on human development, poverty relief, nutrition and education during Modi's tenure. In 2013, Gujarat
Gujarat
ranked 13th in the country with respect to rates of poverty and 21st in education. Nearly 45 percent of children under five were underweight and 23 percent were undernourished, putting the state in the "alarming" category on the India
India
State Hunger Index.[155][156] A study by UNICEF
UNICEF
and the Indian government found that Gujarat
Gujarat
under Modi had a poor record with respect to immunisation in children.[157] Over the decade from 2001 to 2011, Gujarat
Gujarat
did not change its position relative to the rest of the country with respect to poverty and female literacy, remaining near the median of the 29 Indian states.[95] It showed only a marginal improvement in rates of infant mortality, and its position with respect to individual consumption declined.[95] With respect to the quality of education in government schools, the state ranked below most Indian states.[95] The social policies of the government generally did not benefit Muslims, Dalits, and Adivasis, and generally increased social inequalities.[95] Development in Gujarat
Gujarat
was generally limited to the urban middle class, and citizens in rural areas or from lower castes were increasingly marginalised. In 2013 the state ranked 10th of 21 Indian states in the Human Development Index. Political Scientist Christophe Jaffrelot says that under Modi the number of families below the poverty line has increased and conditions for rural adivasi and dalits, in particular, have declined.[5] Under Modi, the state government spent far less than the national average on education and healthcare.[95] In July 2013, economics Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen
Amartya Sen
expressed disapproval of Modi's governance record, saying that under his administration Gujarat's "record in education and healthcare is pretty bad".[158] However, economists Arvind Panagariya
Arvind Panagariya
and Jagdish Bhagwati
Jagdish Bhagwati
say that Gujarat's social indicators have improved from a lower baseline than that of other Indian states. According to them, Gujarat's performance in raising literacy rates has been superior to other states and the "rapid" improvement of health indicators is evidence that "its progress has not been poor by any means."[159] Final years

Modi with Anandiben Patel
Anandiben Patel
at a meeting of BJP
BJP
MLAs after his election as prime minister; Patel succeeded him as Gujarat
Gujarat
chief minister.

Further information: Gujarat Legislative Assembly
Gujarat Legislative Assembly
election, 2012 During the 2012 campaign, Modi attempted to identify himself with the state of Gujarat, a strategy similar to that used by Indira Gandhi during the Emergency, and projected himself as protecting Gujarat against persecution by the rest of India.[115] Despite the BJP's shift away from explicit Hindutva, Modi's election campaign in 2007 and 2012 contained elements of Hindu nationalism. Modi only attended Hindu religious ceremonies, and had prominent associations with Hindu religious leaders. During his 2012 campaign he twice refused to wear articles of clothing gifted by Muslim leaders.[115] He did, however, maintain relations with Dawoodi Bohra.[115] His campaign included references to issues known to cause religious polarisation, including to Afzal Guru and the killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh. The BJP
BJP
did not nominate any Muslim candidates for the assembly election of 2012.[115] He had published a Gujarati book titled Jyotipunj in 2008, containing profiles of various RSS leaders. The longest was of M. S. Golwalkar, under whose leadership the RSS expanded and whom Modi refers to as Pujniya Shri Guruji ("Guru worthy of worship").[160] According to The Economic Times, his intention was to explain the workings of the RSS to his readers and to reassure RSS members that he remained ideologically aligned with them. Modi authored eight other books, mostly containing short stories for children.[161] While campaigning for the 2012 assembly elections, Modi made extensive use of holograms and other technologies allowing him to reach a large number of people,[113] something he would repeat in the 2014 general election. In the 2012 Gujarat Legislative Assembly
Gujarat Legislative Assembly
elections, Modi won the constituency of Maninagar
Maninagar
by 86,373 votes over Shweta Bhatt, the INC candidate and wife of Sanjiv Bhatt.[162] The BJP
BJP
won 115 of the 182 seats, continuing its majority during his tenure[163] and allowing the party to form the government (as it had in Gujarat
Gujarat
since 1995).[164] In later by-elections the BJP
BJP
won four more assembly seats and two Lok Sabha
Lok Sabha
seats held by the INC, although Modi did not campaign for its candidates.[165] In 2013, the Wharton India
India
Economic Forum (WIEF) at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania cancelled a keynote video-conference speech by Modi following protests by Indian-Americans.[166] After his election as prime minister, Modi resigned as the chief minister and as an MLA from Maninagar
Maninagar
on 21 May 2014. Anandiben Patel
Anandiben Patel
succeeded him as the chief minister.[167] 2014 Indian general election Main article: Bharatiya Janata Party
Bharatiya Janata Party
campaign for Indian general election, 2014 In September 2013 Modi was named the BJP's candidate for prime minister in the 2014 Lok Sabha
Lok Sabha
election.[168][169] Several BJP
BJP
leaders expressed opposition to Modi's candidature,[170] including BJP founding member L. K. Advani, who cited concern with leaders who were "concerned with their personal agendas".[171] Modi played a dominant role in the BJP's election campaign.[172][173] Several people who voted for the BJP
BJP
stated that if Modi had not been the prime-ministerial candidate, they would have voted for another party.[174][168][174][175] The focus on Modi as an individual was unusual for a BJP
BJP
election campaign.[170][176] The election was described as a referendum on Narendra Modi.[151] During the campaign, Modi focused on the corruption scandals under the previous INC government, and played on his image as a politician who had created a high rate of GDP growth in Gujarat.[151][170] Modi projected himself as a person who could bring about "development," without focus on any specific policies.[170] His message found support among young Indians and among middle-class citizens.[151] The BJP under Modi was able to downplay concerns about the protection of religious minorities and Modi's commitment to secularism, areas in which he had previously received criticism.[151] Prior to the election Modi's image in the media had centered around his role in the 2002 Gujarat
Gujarat
riots, but during the campaign the BJP
BJP
was able to shift this to a focus on Modi's neoliberal ideology and the Gujarat
Gujarat
model of development.[173] Although the BJP
BJP
avoided issues of Hindu nationalism to an extent, Hindutva
Hindutva
remained a significant part of its campaign.[170][174][12] The BJP's campaign was assisted by its wide influence in the media.[156] Modi's campaign blitz cost approximately ₹50 billion (US$770 million),[151] and received extensive financial support from corporate donors.[156] In addition to more conventional campaign methods, Modi made extensive use of social media,[151][170] and addressed more than 1000 rallies via hologram appearances.[12] The BJP
BJP
won 31% of the vote,[11] and more than doubled its tally in the Lok Sabha
Lok Sabha
to 282, becoming the first party to win a majority of seats on its own since 1984.[173][174] Voter dissatisfaction with the INC, as well as with regional parties in North India, was another reason for the success of the BJP,[174] as was the support from the RSS.[170] In states such as Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh
in which the BJP
BJP
performed well, it drew exceptionally high support from upper-caste Hindus, although the 10 percent of Muslim votes won was more than it had won before. It performed particularly well in parts of the country that had recently experienced violence between Hindus and Muslims.[174] The magnitude of the BJP's victory led many commentators to say that the election constituted a political realignment away from progressive parties and towards the right-wing.[151][174][177][178] Modi's tweet announcing his victory was described as being emblematic of the political realignment away from a secular, socialist state towards capitalism and Hindu cultural nationalism.[179] Modi himself was a candidate for the Lok Sabha
Lok Sabha
in two constituencies: Varanasi and Vadodara.[180] He won in both constituencies, defeating Aam Aadmi Party
Aam Aadmi Party
leader Arvind Kejriwal
Arvind Kejriwal
in Varanasi and Madhusudan Mistry of the INC in Vadodara
Vadodara
by 570,128 votes.[181] Modi, who was unanimously elected leader of the BJP, was appointed prime minister by India's president.[182][183] To comply with the law that an MP cannot represent more than one constituency, he vacated the Vadodara seat.[184] Prime Minister Main article: Premiership of Narendra Modi For a chronological guide to this subject, see Timeline of the premiership of Narendra Modi.

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Modi was sworn in as the Prime Minister of India
Prime Minister of India
on 26 May 2014 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. He became the first Prime Minister born after India's independence from the British Empire.[185] His first cabinet consisted of 45 ministers, 25 fewer than the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.[186] 21 new ministers were added to the council of ministers in November 2014.[187] During his premiership, India
India
rose to the 100th rank in the 2018 Ease of Doing Business ranking by World Bank.[188] Economic policies

Modi with other BRICS
BRICS
leaders in 2016. Left to right: Temer, Modi, Xi, Putin and Zuma.

The economic policies of Modi's government focused on privatisation and liberalisation of the economy, based on a neoliberal framework.[187][189] Modi liberalised India's foreign direct investment policies, allowing more foreign investment in several industries, including in defence and the railways.[187][190][191] Other reforms included removing many of the country's labour laws, to make it harder for workers to form unions and easier for employers to hire and fire them. These reforms met with support from institutions such as the World Bank, but opposition from scholars within the country. The labour laws also drew strong opposition from unions: on 2 September 2015, eleven of the country's largest unions went on strike, including one affiliated with the BJP.[189] The Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, a constituent of the Sangh Parivar, stated that the reforms would hurt labourers by making it easier for corporations to exploit them.[187] In his first budget, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley
Arun Jaitley
promised to gradually reduce the budgetary deficit from 4.1 percent to 3 percent over two years, and to divest from shares in public banks.[187] Over Modi's first year in office, the Indian GDP grew at a rate of 7.5 percent, making it the world's fastest-growing large economy.[189] The funds dedicated to poverty reduction programmes and social welfare measures were greatly decreased by the Modi administration.[124] The money spent on social programmes declined from 14.6% of GDP during the Congress government to 12.6% during Modi's first year in office.[187] Spending on health and family welfare declined by 15%, and on primary and secondary education by 16%.[187] The budgetary allocation for the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, or the "education for all" programme, declined by 22%.[187] The government also lowered corporate taxes, abolished the wealth tax, and reduced customs duties on gold, jewelry, and increased sales taxes.[187] In October 2014, the Modi government deregulated diesel prices,[192] and later increased taxes on diesel and petrol.[187]

Modi at the launch of the Make in India
India
programme.

In September 2014, Modi introduced the Make in India
India
initiative to encourage foreign companies to manufacture products in India, with the goal of turning the country into a global manufacturing hub.[187][193] Supporters of economic liberalisation supported the initiative, while critics argued it would allow foreign corporations to capture a greater share of the Indian market.[187] In order to enable the construction of private industrial corridors, the Modi administration passed a land-reform bill that allowed it to acquire private agricultural land without conducting a social impact assessment, and without the consent of the farmers who owned it.[194] Under the previous bill, the government had required the consent of 80% of the owners of a piece of property before acquiring it for a private project: this requirement was waived.[195] The bill was passed via an executive order after it faced opposition in parliament, but was eventually allowed to lapse.[195] Modi's government put in place the Goods and Services Tax, the biggest tax reform in the country since independence. It subsumed around 17 different taxes and became effective from 1 July 2017.[196] On 25 June 2015, Modi launched a programme intended to develop 100 smart cities.[197] The "Smart Cities" programme is expected to bring Information Technology
Information Technology
companies an extra benefit of ₹20 billion (US$310 million).[198] In June 2015, Modi launched the "Housing for All By 2022" project, which intends to eliminate slums in India
India
by building about 20 million affordable homes for India's urban poor.[199]

Modi and British Prime Minister Theresa May
Theresa May
at the India-UK Tech Summit in New Delhi

In his first cabinet decision, Modi set up a team to investigate black money.[200] On 9 November 2016, the government demonetised ₹500 and ₹1000 banknotes, with the stated intention of curbing corruption, black money, the use of counterfeit currency, and terrorism.[201] The move led to widespread protests throughout the country, including one by opposition parties, which stalled the winter session of parliament.[202] In the days following the demonetisation, banks across the country faced severe cash shortages,[203][204][205] which had detrimental effects on a number of small businesses, on agriculture, and on transportation. People seeking to exchange their notes had lengthy waits, and several deaths were linked to the rush to exchange cash.[206][207] Following Modi's announcement, the Indian stock indices BSE SENSEX
BSE SENSEX
and NIFTY 50 declined steeply.[208][clarification needed] There has been a steep increase in digital payments and transactions in the country since the day demonetization was announced.[209] Post the demonetisation, the quantum of income tax returns filed for individuals jumped by 25% indicating the widened tax net. Further, the advance tax collections rose by 42% and Self-assessment tax collections rose by 34.25%.[210] Health and sanitation policies See also: Swachh Bharat Abhiyan In his first year as prime minister, Modi reduced the amount of money spent by the government on healthcare.[157] The Modi government launched a "New Health Policy" in January 2015, although this did not increase the government's spending on healthcare, instead emphasizing the role of private healthcare organisations. This represented a shift away from the policy of the previous Congress government, which had supported programmes to assist public health goals, including reducing child and maternal mortality rates.[211] The National Health Mission, which included public health programmes targeted at these indices received nearly 25% less funds in 2015 than in the previous year. 15 national health programmes, including those aimed at controlling tobacco use and supporting healthcare for the elderly, were merged with the National Health Mission, and received less funds than in previous years. Modi initially appointed Harsh Vardhan, a doctor and an advocate of tobacco control, as minister of health. However, Vardhan was removed in November 2015.[211] The government introduced stricter packaging laws for tobacco which requires 85% of the packet size to be covered by pictorial warnings.[212] In its budget for the second year after it took office, the Modi government reduced healthcare spending by 15%.[211] Modi has generally emphasised his government's efforts at sanitation as a means of ensuring good health. An article in the medical journal Lancet stated that the country "might have taken a few steps back in public health" under Modi.[211] On 2 October 2014, Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
("Clean India") campaign. The stated goals of the campaign included eliminating open defecation and manual scavenging.[213][214] The plan was to achieve these aims in five years.[214] As part of the programme, the Indian government began constructing millions of toilets in rural areas and encouraging people to use them.[215][216][217] The government also announced plans to build new sewage treatment plants.[218] The administration plans to construct 60 million toilets by 2019. The construction projects have faced allegations of corruption, and have faced severe difficulty in getting people to use the toilets constructed for them.[214][215][216] Hindutva
Hindutva
and education policy During the 2014 election campaign, the BJP
BJP
sought to identify itself with political leaders known to have opposed Hindu nationalism, including B. R. Ambedkar, Subhas Chandra Bose, and Ram Manohar Lohia.[124] The campaign also saw the use of rhetoric based on Hindutva, however, by BJP
BJP
leaders in certain states.[219] Communal tensions were played upon especially in Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh
and the states of Northeast India.[219] A proposal for the controversial Uniform Civil Code was a part of the BJP's election manifesto.[12] Several state governments headed by the BJP
BJP
have enacted policies aligned with Hindutva
Hindutva
after the election of Modi as prime minister. The government of Maharashtra banned the killing of cows in 2014.[219] The Modi administration has generally avoided directly supporting policies related to a Hindutva
Hindutva
agenda.[219] There has been an increase in the activities of a number of other Hindu nationalist organisations, sometimes with the support of the government.[124][219] The incidents included a Hindu religious conversion programme, a campaign against the alleged Islamic practice of "Love Jihad", and attempts to celebrate Nathuram Godse, the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi, by members of the right wing Hindu Mahasabha.[124] The attempts at religious conversion have been described by the VHP and other organisations involved with them as attempts at "reconversion" from Islam or Christianity. There have been a number of reports of intimidation or coercion of the subjects during these attempts.[219] Officials in the government, including the Home Minister, have defended the attempts.[219] There were additional incidents of violence targeted at religious minorities by Hindu nationalists.[124] Modi refused to remove a government minister from her position after a popular outcry resulted from her referring to religious minorities as "bastards."[124] Commentators have suggested, however, that the violence was perpetrated by radical Hindu nationalists to undercut the authority of Modi.[124] The Modi administration appointed Yellapragada Sudershan Rao, who had previously been associated with the RSS, chairperson of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR).[12] In reaction to his appointment, other historians and former members of the ICHR, including those sympathetic to the ruling party, questioned his credentials as a historian. Several stated that the appointment was part of an agenda of cultural nationalism.[12][220][221] The government began formulating a New Education Policy, or NEP, soon after its election. As of March 2016, this policy had yet to be implemented. This was the third education policy introduced by the Indian government, following those of 1968 and 1986. The policy was described as having overtones of Hindutva. The RSS had a role in its creation, and it did not explicitly mention the goals of "socialism, secularism and democracy" that had been mentioned in the first two policies. The policy emphasised the education of minority students, as well as those of economically backward groups, in particular on improving enrolment in schools among those groups. The policy proposed bringing religious educational institutions under the Right to Education Act. There was also a debate about removing caste-based reservation in favour of reservation based on income, a move supported by the RSS, but which was criticised as being discriminatory on the basis of caste.[222] Foreign policy Further information: Foreign policy of Narendra Modi
Foreign policy of Narendra Modi
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Foreign policy played a relatively small role in Modi's election campaign, and did not feature prominently in the BJP's election manifesto.[223] Modi invited all the other leaders of SAARC countries to his swearing in ceremony as prime minister.[224][225] He was the first Indian prime minister to do so.[226] Modi's foreign policy, similarly to that of the preceding INC government, focused on improving economic ties, security, and regional relations.[223] Modi continued Manmohan Singh's policy of "multi-alignment."[227] The Modi administration tried to attract foreign investment in the Indian economy from several sources, especially in East Asia, with the use of slogans such as "Make in India" and "Digital India".[227] As a part of this policy, the Modi government completed India's application to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, which is led by China
China
and Russia. (SCO).[227] The government also tried to improve relations with Islamic nations in the Middle East, such as Bahrain, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as with Israel.[227] Modi added five bilateral strategic partnerships to the 25 that had been agreed by his predecessors Singh and Vajpayee.[227] During the first few months after the election, Modi made trips to a number of different countries to further the goals of his policy, and attended the BRICS, ASEAN, and G20
G20
summits.[223] One of Modi's first visits as prime minister was to Nepal, during which he promised a billion USD in aid.[228] Modi also made several overtures to the United States, including multiple visits to that country.[225] While this was described as an unexpected development, due to the US having previously denied Modi a travel visa over his role during the 2002 Gujarat
Gujarat
riots, it was also expected to strengthen diplomatic and trade relations between the two countries.[225] In 2015, the Indian parliament ratified a land exchange deal with Bangladesh
Bangladesh
about the India– Bangladesh
Bangladesh
enclaves, which had been initiated by the government of Manmohan Singh.[195] Modi's administration gave renewed attention to India's "Look East Policy", instituted in 1991. The policy was renamed the "Act East Policy", and involved directing Indian foreign policy towards East Asia
East Asia
and Southeast Asia.[227][229] The government signed agreements to improve land connectivity with Myanmar, through the state of Manipur. This represented a break with India's historic engagement with Myanmar, which prioritised border security over trade.[229] As of July 2016, Modi had made 51 trips to 42 countries with the intent of strengthening diplomatic relations.[230][231] Defence policy

10th President of Israel
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Gadi Eizenkot
Gadi Eizenkot
with Modi.

The BJP
BJP
election manifesto had also promised to deal with illegal immigration into India
India
in the Northeast, as well as to be more firm in its handling of insurgent groups. During the election campaign, Modi said that he would be willing to accommodate Hindu migrants who were being persecuted in Bangladesh, but those that came with "political objectives" would have to be sent back. The Modi government issued a notification allowing Hindu, Sikh, and Buddhist illegal immigrants from Pakistan
Pakistan
and Bangladesh
Bangladesh
to legalise their residency in India. The government described the measure as being taken for humanitarian reasons but it drew criticism from several Assamese organisations.[232] Modi continued the previous INC administration's policy of increasing military spending every year, announcing an increase of 11% in the military budget in 2015.[233][234] This increase was larger than the average growth under the Congress.[233] The Modi administration negotiated a peace agreement with the largest faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland
National Socialist Council of Nagaland
(NSCM), which was announced in August 2015. The Naga insurgency in northwest India had begun in the 1950s.[232][235] The NSCM and the government had agreed to a ceasefire in 1997, but a peace accord had not previously been signed.[235] In 2015 the government abrogated a 15-year ceasefire with the Khaplang faction of the NSCM (NSCM-K). The NSCM-K responded with a series of attacks, which killed 18 people.[232] The Modi government carried out a raid across the border with Myanmar
Myanmar
as a result, and labelled the NSCM-K a terrorist organisation.[232]

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Modi has repeatedly stated that Pakistan
Pakistan
was an exporter of terrorism.[236][237] On 29 September 2016, the Indian Army stated that it had conducted a surgical strike on terror launchpads in Azad Kashmir,[238] although Pakistan
Pakistan
denied the claim, and the details of the confrontation are still in dispute.[239][240] Environmental policies

Modi (right) at CoP21 Climate Conference, in Paris, announcing the founding of an International Solar Alliance
International Solar Alliance
(ISA). November 2015.

In naming his cabinet, Modi renamed the "Ministry of Environment and Forests" the "Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change."[241] In the first budget of the government, the money allotted to this ministry was reduced by more than 50%.[241] The new ministry also removed or diluted a number of laws related to environmental protection. These included no longer requiring clearance from the National Board for Wildlife
National Board for Wildlife
for projects close to protected areas, and allowing certain projects to proceed before environmental clearance was received.[187][241] The government also tried to reconstitute the Wildlife board such that it no longer had representatives from non-governmental organisations: however, this move was prevented by the Supreme Court.[241] Modi also relaxed or abolished a number of other environmental regulations, particularly those related to industrial activity. A government committee stated that the existing system only served to create corruption, and that the government should instead rely on the owners of industries to voluntarily inform the government about the pollution they were creating.[187][242] Other changes included reducing ministry oversight on small mining projects, and no longer requiring approval from tribal councils for projects inside forested areas.[242] In addition, Modi lifted a moratorium on new industrial activity in the most polluted areas in the countries.[241] The changes were welcomed by businesspeople, but criticised by environmentalists.[242] Under the UPA government that preceded Modi's administration, field trials of Genetically Modified (GM) crops had essentially been put on hold, after protests from farmers fearing for their livelihoods.[243] Under the Modi government these restrictions were gradually lifted.[243] The government received some criticism for freezing the bank accounts of environmental group Greenpeace, citing financial irregularities, although a leaked government report said that the freeze had to do with Greenpeace's opposition to GM crops.[243] Governance and other initiatives Modi's first year as prime minister saw significant centralisation of power relative to previous administrations.[124][244] Modi's efforts at centralisation have been linked to an increase in the number of senior administration officials resigning their positions.[124] Although the government has a majority of seats in the Lok Sabha, it does not have one in the Rajya Sabha, which led to its policies frequently being stymied there. Thus, Modi resorted to passing a number of ordinances to enact his policies, leading to further centralisation of power.[195] The government also passed a bill increasing the control that it had over the appointment of judges, and reducing that of the judiciary.[11] On 31 December 2014, Modi announced that the Planning Commission had been scrapped. It was replaced with a body called the National Institution for Transforming India, or NITI Aayog.[245][246] The Planning Commission was a legacy of the Indian Independence movement, although critics said that it was slowing economic growth.[247] The move had the effect of greatly centralising the power previously with the planning commission in the person of the prime minister.[187][195][245][246][247] It also reduced the extent of control individual states had over their financial allocation from the union government,[246][247] and unlike the planning commission, it does not have the power to allocate funds.[246] The planning commission had received heavy criticism in previous years for creating inefficiency in the government, and of not filling its role of improving social welfare: however, since the economic liberalisation of the 1990s, it had been the major government body responsible for measures related to social justice.[246] The Modi government launched a crackdown against a number of civil society organisations. Several tens of thousands of organisations were investigated by the Intelligence Bureau in the first year of the administration, on the grounds that they were slowing economic growth. International humanitarian aid organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres was among the groups that were put under pressure.[124] Other organisations affected included the Sierra Club
Sierra Club
and Avaaz.[187] Cases of sedition were filed against individuals criticising the government.[124] This led to discontent within the BJP
BJP
regarding Modi's style of functioning and drew comparisons to the governing style of Indira Gandhi.[124][195] Modi repealed 1,200 obsolete laws in first three years as prime minister, against a total of 1,301 such laws repealed by previous governments over a span of 64 years.[248][249][250] He started a monthly radio programme titled "Mann Ki Baat" on 3 October 2014.[251] Modi also launched the Digital India
India
programme, which has the goal of ensuring that government services are available electronically, building infrastructure to provide high-speed Internet access to rural areas, boosting manufacturing of electronic goods in the country, and promoting digital literacy.[252][253] Personal life and image Further information: Public image of Narendra Modi Personal life In accordance with Ghanchi tradition, Modi's marriage was arranged by his parents when he was a child. He was engaged at age 13 to Jashodaben, marrying her when he was 18. They spent little time together and grew apart when Modi began two years of travel, including visits to Hindu ashrams.[25][254] Reportedly, their marriage was never consummated, and he kept it a secret because otherwise he could not have become a 'pracharak' in the puritan Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh.[255][49] Although Modi kept his marriage secret for most of his career, he acknowledged his wife when he filed his nomination for a parliamentary seat in the 2014 general elections.[256][257] Modi maintains a close relationship with his mother, Hiraben and often visits her on his birthday to seek her blessings.[258] A vegetarian,[259] Modi has a frugal lifestyle and is a workaholic and introvert.[260] Adept at using social media, he has been since September 2014 the third-most-followed leader in the world (with over 34.6 million followers on Twitter
Twitter
as of September 2017), behind Barack Obama (95.6 million followers) and Donald Trump
Donald Trump
(38.8 million followers).[261][262] Modi's 31 August 2012 post on Google Hangouts made him the first Indian politician to interact with netizens on live chat.[263][264] Modi has also been called a fashion-icon for his signature crisply ironed, half-sleeved kurta, as well as for a suit with his name embroidered repeatedly in the pinstripes that he wore during a state visit by US President Barack Obama, which drew public and media attention and criticism.[265][266][267] Modi's personality has been variously described by scholars and biographers as energetic, arrogant, and charismatic.[11][268] The nomination of Modi for the prime ministership drew attention to his reputation as "one of contemporary India's most controversial and divisive politicians."[151][269][270][271] During the 2014 election campaign the BJP
BJP
projected an image of Modi as a strong, masculine leader, who would be able to take difficult decisions.[151][170][168][174][175] Campaigns in which he has participated have focused on Modi as an individual, in a manner unusual for the BJP
BJP
and RSS.[170] Modi has relied upon his reputation as a politician able to bring about economic growth and "development".[272] Nonetheless, his role in the 2002 Gujarat
Gujarat
riots continues to attract criticism and controversy.[4] Modi's hardline Hindutva
Hindutva
philosophy and the policies adopted by his government continue to draw criticism, and have been seen as evidence of a majoritarian and exclusionary social agenda.[4][170][11][124] Approval ratings As a Prime Minister, Modi has received consistently high approval ratings; at the end of his first year in office, he received an overall approval rating of 87% in a Pew Research poll, with 68% of people rating him "very favorably" and 93% approving of his government.[273] His approval rating remained largely consistent at around 74% through his second year in office, according to a nationwide poll conducted by instaVaani.[274] At the end of his second year in office, an updated Pew Research poll showed Modi continued to receive high overall approval ratings of 81%, with 57% of those polled rating him "very favorably."[275][276] At the end of his third year in office, a further Pew Research poll showed Modi with an overall approval rating of 88%, his highest yet, with 69% of people polled rating him "very favorably."[277] A poll conducted by The Times of India
India
in May 2017 showed 77% of the respondents rated Modi as "very good" and "good".[278] In early 2017, a survey from Pew Research Center showed Modi to be the most popular figure in Indian politics.[279] Awards and recognition Modi was named the Best Chief Minister in a 2007 nationwide survey by India
India
Today.[280] In March 2012, he appeared on the cover of the Asian edition of Time Magazine, one of the few Indian politicians to have done so.[281] He was awarded Indian of the Year by CNN-IBN
CNN-IBN
news network in 2014.[282] In 2014, 2015 and 2017, he was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World.[283][284][285] He was also declared winner of the Time magazine reader's poll for Person of the Year in 2014 and as well as in 2016.[286][287] Forbes Magazine ranked him the 15th-Most-Powerful Person in the World in 2014 and the 9th-Most-Powerful Person in the World in 2015 and 2016.[288][289][290][291] In 2015, Modi was ranked the 13th-Most-Influential Person in the World by Bloomberg Markets Magazine.[292] In the same year he was named one of Time's "30 Most Influential People on the Internet" as the second-most-followed politician on Twitter
Twitter
and Facebook.[293] Modi was ranked fifth on Fortune Magazine's first annual list of the "World's Greatest Leaders" in 2015.[294][295] In 2016, a wax statue of Modi was unveiled at Madame Tussaud Wax Museum in London.[296][297] State honours

Decoration Country Date Note Ref.

Order of Abdulaziz Al Saud  Saudi Arabia 3 April 2016 Member Special
Special
Class, The highest civilian honour of Saudi Arabia [298]

State Order of Ghazi Amir Amanullah Khan  Afghanistan 4 June 2016 The highest civilian honour of Afghanistan [299]

Grand Collar of the State of Palestine  Palestine 10 February 2018 The highest civilian honour of Palestine for foreign dignitaries [300]

References Notes

^ Sources describing Modi's administration as complicit in the 2002 violence.[1][2][3][4][5] ^ In 2012, a court stated that investigations had found no evidence against Modi.[6][7] ^ Sources stating that Modi has failed to improve human development indices in Gujarat.[4][5] ^ Sources discussing the controversy surrounding Modi.[4][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16] ^ The exact number of people killed in the train burning is variously reported. For example, the BBC
BBC
says it was 59,[79] while The Guardian put the figure at 60.[80]

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Jivraj Narayan Mehta Balwantrai Mehta Hitendra Kanaiyalal Desai Ghanshyam Oza Chimanbhai Patel Babubhai J. Patel Madhav Singh Solanki Amarsinh Chaudhary Chhabildas Mehta Keshubhai Patel Suresh Mehta Shankersinh Vaghela Dilip Parikh Keshubhai Patel Narendra Modi Anandiben Patel Vijay Rupani

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Bharatiya Janata Party

Party Presidents

Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
(1980–86) Lal Krishna Advani
Lal Krishna Advani
(1986–91) Murli Manohar Joshi
Murli Manohar Joshi
(1991–93) Lal Krishna Advani
Lal Krishna Advani
(1993–98) Kushabhau Thakre
Kushabhau Thakre
(1998–2000) Bangaru Laxman
Bangaru Laxman
(2000–01) Jana Krishnamurthi
Jana Krishnamurthi
(2001–02) Venkaiah Naidu
Venkaiah Naidu
(2002–04) Lal Krishna Advani
Lal Krishna Advani
(2004–06) Rajnath Singh
Rajnath Singh
(2006–09) Nitin Gadkari
Nitin Gadkari
(2009–13) Rajnath Singh
Rajnath Singh
(2013–14) Amit Shah
Amit Shah
(2014–present)

Current vice presidents

Avinash Rai Khanna Prabhat Jha Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe Renu Devi Om Prakash Mathur Shyam Jaju

Other prominent leaders

Sushma Swaraj Arun Jaitley Bhairon Singh Shekhawat Sunderlal Patwa Ravi Shankar Prasad Pramod Mahajan Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Sushil Kumar Modi Himanta Biswa Sarma Ram Naik

Prime ministers

Atal Bihari Vajpayee Narendra Modi

Current chief ministers

Vijay Rupani Vasundhara Raje Shivraj Singh Chouhan Raman Singh Manohar Parrikar Jai Ram Thakur Manohar Lal Khattar Devendra Fadnavis Raghubar Das Sarbananda Sonowal Pema Khandu N. Biren Singh Trivendra Singh Rawat Yogi Adityanath Biplab Kumar Deb

Spokespersons

Syed Shahnawaz Hussain Dr. Sudhanshu Trivedi M. J. Akbar Meenakshi Lekhi Dr. Bizay Sonkar Shastri Siddharth Nath Singh Nalin Kohli Sambit Patra Anil Baluni G. V. L. Narsimha Rao Gopal Krishna Agarwal Siddhartha Bhattacharya Gaurav Bhatia Shaina NC Nupur Sharma Shazia Ilmi

General secretaries

P. Muralidhar Rao Ram Madhav Saroj Pandey Bhupender Yadav Kailash Vijayvargiya Anil Jain Dr. Arun Singh Ram Lal

Political wings

Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha BJP
BJP
Mahila Morcha BJP
BJP
SC Morcha BJP
BJP
ST Morcha BJP
BJP
OBC Morcha BJP
BJP
Minority Morcha BJP
BJP
Kisan Morcha

Related organisations

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Bharatiya Jana Sangh Janata Party Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh Bharatiya Kisan Sangh

Others

Hindutva Integral humanism

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Chief Ministers from the Bharatiya Janata Party

Arunachal Pradesh

Gegong Apang Pema Khandu
Pema Khandu
(incumbent)

Assam

Sarbananda Sonowal
Sarbananda Sonowal
(incumbent)

Chhattisgarh

Raman Singh
Raman Singh
(incumbent)

Delhi

Madan Lal Khurana Sahib Singh Verma Sushma Swaraj

Goa

Manohar Parrikar
Manohar Parrikar
(incumbent) Laxmikant Parsekar

Gujarat

Keshubhai Patel Suresh Mehta Narendra Modi Anandiben Patel Vijay Rupani
Vijay Rupani
(incumbent)

Haryana

Manohar Lal Khattar
Manohar Lal Khattar
(incumbent)

Himachal Pradesh

Shanta Kumar Prem Kumar Dhumal Jai Ram Thakur
Jai Ram Thakur
(incumbent)

Jharkhand

Babulal Marandi Arjun Munda Raghubar Das
Raghubar Das
(incumbent)

Karnataka

B. S. Yeddyurappa D. V. Sadananda Gowda Jagadish Shettar

Madhya Pradesh

Sunder Lal Patwa Uma Bharti Babulal Gaur Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Shivraj Singh Chouhan
(incumbent)

Maharashtra

Devendra Fadnavis
Devendra Fadnavis
(incumbent)

Manipur

N. Biren Singh
N. Biren Singh
(incumbent)

Rajasthan

Bhairon Singh Shekhawat Vasundhara Raje
Vasundhara Raje
(incumbent)

Tripura

Biplab Kumar Deb
Biplab Kumar Deb
(incumbent)

Uttarakhand

Nityanand Swami Bhagat Singh Koshyari B. C. Khanduri Ramesh Pokhriyal Trivendra Singh Rawat
Trivendra Singh Rawat
(incumbent)

Uttar Pradesh

Kalyan Singh Ram Prakash Gupta Rajnath Singh Yogi Adityanath
Yogi Adityanath
(incumbent)

Bharatiya Janata Party

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Members of the 16th Lok Sabha
Lok Sabha
from Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh
State

GE 2014

Ajay Kumar Mishra Akshay Yadav Anju Bala Anupriya Patel Anshul Verma Ashok Kumar Doharey Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma Bharat Singh Bhairon Prasad Mishra Bhartendu Singh Bhola Singh Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh Chhotelal Choudhary Babulal Daddan Mishra Devendra Singh Dharmendra Kashyap Dharmendra Yadav Dimple Yadav Harivansh Singh Hari Om Pandey Harish Dwivedi Harinarayan Rajbhar Hema Malini Hukum Singh Jagdambika Pal Kalraj Mishra Kamlesh Paswan Kanwar Singh Tanwar Kaushal Kishore Keshav Prasad Maurya Kirti Vardhan Singh Krishna Pratap Krishna Raj Kunwar Pushpendra Singh Chandel Kunwar Sarvesh Kumar Singh Lallu Singh Mahendra Nath Pandey Mukesh Rajput Mahesh Sharma Maneka Gandhi Manoj Sinha Mulayam Singh Yadav Mulayam Singh Yadav Murali Manohar Joshi Naipal Singh Narendra Modi Neelam Sonkar Niranjan Jyoti Pankaj Choudhary Priyanka Singh Rawat Raghav Lakhanpal Rahul Gandhi Rajendra Agrawal Rajesh Diwakar Rajesh Pandey Rajesh Verma Rajnath Singh Rajveer Singh Ram Shankar Ram Charitra Nishad Ravindra Kushawaha Rekha Verma Sakshi Maharaj Sanjeev Balyan Santosh Kumar Gangwar Satyapal Singh Satyapal Singh
Satyapal Singh
Saini Satish Kumar Gautam Savitri Bai Phule Sharad Tripathi Shyama Charan Gupta Sonia Gandhi Uma Bharti Varun Gandhi Vinod Kumar Sonkar Virendra Singh V K Singh Yashwant Singh Yogi Adityanath

By-election 2014

Tej Pratap Singh Yadav

Pre-by poll: Mulayam Singh Yadav
Mulayam Singh Yadav
- resigned

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Lok Sabha
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Northeast AR AS MN ML MZ NL SK TR

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2002 Gujarat
Gujarat
riots

Incidents

Godhra train burning Naroda Patiya massacre Best Bakery case Gulbarg Society massacre

Books

Gujarat:The Making of a Tragedy Gujarat
Gujarat
Files:Anatomy of a Cover Up Scarred: Experiments with Violence in Gujarat

Films

Final Solution Parzania Vilapangalkkappuram Bhoomiyude Avakashikal Firaaq Thamassu Mausam (2011 film)

Other

The Truth: Gujarat
Gujarat
2002 Coalition Against Genocide Nanavati-Mehta Commission

Biography portal India
India
portal politics portal

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