|Wife:||Jashodaben Chimanlal Modi|
|Narendra Modi Biography|
|Full Name||Narendra Damodardas Modi|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||centimeters– 170 cm
meters– 1.70 m
feet inches– 5’ 7”
|Political Party||Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
|Political Journey||• In 1985, he joined BJP.
• In 1988, BJP elected him Organizing Secretary of Party’s Gujarat Unit.
• In November 1995, he was elected National Secretary of BJP.
• In May 1998, he became the General Secretary of BJP.
• On 3 October 2001, he became the Chief Minister of Gujarat for the 1st time and retained the post till 2014.
• He was appointed to BJP Parliamentary Board on 31 March 2013.
• He won the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from the Varanasi Constituency by a massive margin of 3,71,784 votes.
• On 26 May 2014, he was appointed the 14th Prime Minister of India.
• He won the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from the Varanasi constituency by a margin of 4,79,505 votes; larger than the previous margin in the 2014 General Elections.
• On 30 May 2019, he took the oath as the 15th Prime Minister of India.
|Awards, Honours||2007: Named the Best Chief Minister in a nationwide survey by India Today
2012: Appeared on the cover of the Asian edition of Time Magazine
2014: Awarded Indian of the Year by CNN-IBN news network; also, Forbes Magazine ranked him the 15th-Most-Powerful Person in the World
2015: Bloomberg Markets Magazine ranked him the 13th-Most-Influential Person in the World; also, named one of Time’s “30 Most Influential People on the Internet” as the second-most-followed politician on Twitter and Facebook
2014 & 2016: Declared winner of the Time magazine reader’s poll for Person of the Year
2016: On 3rd April, honored with Order of Abdulaziz Al Saud; the highest civilian honor of Saudi Arabia
2016: On 4th June, honored with State Order of Ghazi Amir Amanullah Khan; the highest civilian honor of Afghanistan
2014, 2015, and 2017: Named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World
2015, 2016, and 2018: Forbes Magazine ranked him the 9th-Most-Powerful Person in the World2018
• On 10th February, honored with Grand Collar of the State of Palestine; the highest civilian honor of Palestine for foreign dignitaries
• On 27th September, awarded the Champions of the Earth Award; the UN’s highest environmental honor, also given to five other individuals and organizations, for his leadership of the International Solar Alliance and pledge to eliminate single-use plastic by 2022
• On 24 October, conferred with the Seoul Peace Prize for 2018 for his contribution to international cooperation and fostering global economic growth.2019
• On 22 February, he received the prestigious Seoul Peace Prize for 2018.
• On 4 April, he was conferred with Zayed Medal, UAE’s highest civilian award, for giving “a big boost” to the bilateral relations between both the countries
• On 25 September, conferred the ‘Global Goalkeeper’ award by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by his government.
|Date of Birth||17 September 1950 (Sunday)|
|Age (as of 2020)||70 Years|
|Birthplace||Vadnagar, Bombay State (Now, Gujarat), India|
|Hometown||Vadnagar, Gujarat, India|
|School||Higher Secondary School, Vadnagar, Gujarat|
|College/University||• Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, India
• University of Delhi, New Delhi, India
|Educational Qualification(s)||• SSC exam from Gujarat Board in 1967
• BA in Political Science (a distance-education course from Delhi University)
• MA in Political Science from Gujarat University in 1983
|Caste||OBC (Modh Ghanchi), for more information about his caste|
|Blood Group||A (+ve)|
|Address (permanent)||C-1, Someshwar Tenament, Ranip, Ahmedabad-382480, Gujarat|
|Address (official)||7, Lok Kalyan Marg (earlier called 7 Race Course Road), New Delhi|
|Hobbies||Doing Yoga, Reading|
|Controversies||• The biggest controversy in his career is the 2002 Gujarat Riots in which he has been criticized to mastermind it. However, on 11 December 2019, Justice Nanavati-Mehta Commission gave a clean chit to him in the 2002 Gujarat riots. The Gujarat Government tabled the final part of the Justice Nanavati-Mehta Commission report on the 2002 riots, in the Assembly on 11 December 2019. The report deals with post-Godhra violence in which more than 1,000 people were killed in the widespread communal riots across the State. The Commission has given clean chit to the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others in post-Godhara riots. The Commission held that the riots were not organized and the State administration had taken all necessary measures to control the situation.
• Teesta Setalvad held him responsible for the murder of her husband in the Gulbarg Society in 2002.
• He was also held responsible for the fake encounter of Ishrat Jahan.
• He has also been criticized regarding his marital status.
• The United States denied a visa for his role in the Gujarat Riots.
• He was criticized for tapping the phone calls of a girl (a student of architecture) in the Snoopgate scandal.
• In 2015, he was criticized for wearing a suit worth ₹10 Lakh with a monogram of his name- Narendra Modi.
• On 10 August 2018, the first time in the history of the Indian Parliament, a portion of the Prime Minister’s comment was deleted from the records of the Rajya Sabha. After the election of Harivansh Narayan Singh as the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, in his speech congratulating Harivansh, PM Modi said the election was between “two Haris.” He went on to take a swipe at Mr. Hariprasad (opposition’s candidate), playing with his initials.
|Relationships & More|
|Marriage Date||The year 1968|
|Wife/Spouse||Jashodaben Chimanlal Modi
|Parents||Father– Late Damodardas Mulchand Modi (died of Bone Cancer in 1989)
|Siblings||Brothers– Soma (75 Years)- Retired Officer of Health Department,
Amrut Modi (72)- A Lathe Machine Operator,
Prahlad (62)- Runs a Shop in Ahmedabad,
Pankaj (57)- Clerk in the Information Department in Gandhinagar
Sister– Vasantiben Hasmukhlal Modi
|Politician(s)||Syama Prasad Mukherjee, Atal Bihari Vajpayee|
|Leader(s)||Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda|
|Song(s)||• “Jyoti Kalash Chhalke” from the film Bhabhi Ki Chudiyan (1961)
• “O Pawan Veg Se Udne Wale Ghode” from the film Jai Chitod (1961)
|Car Collection||He doesn’t have any car registered to his name.|
|Salary (as the Prime Minister of India)||₹160,000/ Month + Other Allowances|
|Assets/Properties||Moveable (worth Rs 1.41 crore)
Bank Balance– Rs 4,143 in SBI’s Gandhinagar NSCH Branch
Immovable (worth Rs 1.1 crore)
A 3,531 sq ft plot in Sector-1, Gandhinagar worth Rs 1.1 crore (as of April 2019)
|Net Worth (approx.)||Rs 2.85 crore (as in April 2020)|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Narendra Modi Biography
- Does Narendra Modi Smoke?: No
- Does Narendra Modi Drink Alcohol?: No
- He was born into a family of an oil-pressing community, which is considered as the Other Backward Class (OBC) in India.
- In his childhood, Modi wanted to join the Indian Army and tried to get himself enrolled in a Sainik School, but due to financial constraints, he couldn’t get admission to the Sainik School.
- At the age of 17, he left his house and traveled to different parts of India.
- Young Narendra Modi often lent his hands to his father’s tea stall at the Vadnagar Railway Station.
- When his father died of Bone Cancer in 1989, Narendra Modi was on Kailash Manasarovar Yatra.
- When he joined Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), he was assigned to mop the floor at the RSS headquarters in Ahmedabad.
- Narendra Modi was engaged to Jashodaben at a very young age.
- He doesn’t share his official residence with any of his family members.
- He undertook a 3-month course in the United States on Image Management and Public Relations.
- He is a great follower of Swami Vivekananda.
- After Barack Obama, Narendra Modi is the second most followed leader in the world on Twitter (more than 12 million followers).
- He wears crease-less attires mostly.
- During his tenure as the Chief Minister of Gujarat, it became the world’s 2nd best State in 2010.
- He never took even a single-day holiday during his 13-year tenure as the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
- Narendra Modi is considered the most techno-savvy leader of India as he is very active on various social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.
- Narendra Modi and former United States President Barack Obama are very good friends.
- On 26 May 2014, he became the first-ever Prime Minister of India to be born in independent India.
- He always puts his signature in Hindi, whether it is a casual occasion or an official document.
- He is a pure vegetarian and prefers simple food in his meal.
- On 28 September 2014, he received a full-house reception at the Madison Square Garden in New York.
- He is a fitness enthusiast and has incorporated Yoga into his daily routine. He is also credited to bring Yoga to the international level by getting it recognized as International Yoga Day by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2015. Since then, every year, 21 June is celebrated as International Yoga Day, worldwide.
- In 2015, three days before the inauguration of a temple in his name, the temple was demolished by members of the ‘Om Yuva Group’ who had constructed the temple dedicated to Narendra Modi in Kotharia village in Rajkot, Gujarat. Reportedly, they had to pull down the temple as Modi was not happy with the move and he had expressed his displeasure over the construction of such temples. Modi, in a series of Tweets, said,
Have seen the news about a temple being built in my name. I was appalled. This is shocking & against India’s great traditions. Building such temples is not what our culture teaches us. Personally, it made me very sad. Would urge those doing it not to do it.”
- Narendra Modi is considered one of the most popular leaders in India who has strong connections with the general public. He is often seen breaking the protocol to meet & greet the public.
- In 2016, London’s Madame Tussaud Wax Museum unveiled a wax statue of Modi.
- On 8 November 2016, in the most surprising move in the administrative history of India, he announced to demonetize the Rs. 500 & 1000 currency notes (the two biggest currencies in India at that time).
- Narendra Modi has an author & poet within; he has written a few books, mainly in Gujarati, including Sangharshma Gujarat (1978) and Jyotipunj (2008).
- On 23 May 2019, after the results of the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, he became the only leader of BJP to lead the party to register more than 300 seats in the history of Lok Sabha Elections.
- On 30 May 2019, Narendra Modi took the oath as the Prime Minister of India for the second time.
- Here’s an interesting video about Narendra Modi’s biography: