In pics: Narendra Modi's remarkable journey from a tea-seller to the PM of India

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From rags to riches, Narendra Damodardas Modi 's life has reached at the cusp of history- from a tea- seller's son to the 15th prime minister of India.

From Gujarat to Delhi's 7 Race Course Road, Narendra Modi's remarkable journey has been a mix of ups and downs, from tumultuous struggle to international recognition.

For the first time in the history of India, the nation has got a leader with such an humble background.

Lets have a glimpse of Modi's life in pics:

Humble beginnings

Born on September 17, 1950 as the third child among four children to Damodardas Mulchand Modi and mother Heeraben, in a family belonging to the Backward class of Ghanchi- Teli community, Modi as a child used to sell tea at the Vadnagar railway station along with his father and brother.

RSS influence

When Modi was 8-year-old, he came in the contact of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). By the age of 20, in 1970, he was so influenced by the RSS that he became a full- time RSS pracharak and in 1971, he had formally joined RSS.

He was also the Head of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of RSS.

He also pursued his post graduation in political science from Gujarat University, while being associated with RSS.

 

Entry in BJP

In 1985, Modi joined Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). And the rest is history as Narendra Modi governed Gujarat as the state Chief Minister for consecutively four times on the sole plank of development, growth and good governance.

In 1995, he became the national secretary of BJP and in 1998, he became the general secretary of BJP.

Since 2001, Modi has been the chief minister of Gujarat for 4 times and resigned on May 21, 2014 to take a bigger role as the PM.

Humongous campaign

Since the day, his name was announced as the BJP's prime ministerial candidate on September 17, last year, Modi addressed back to back rallies in every part of the country, generating a "Modi wave" from North to South.

His campaigning style and the way of speaking changed the way people used to think about him.

Before the Lok Sabha elections 2014 were to be held, Modi successfully, managed to turn the tide into his favour and that was revealed on May 16, 2014, when the results were announced.

By winning the hearts and pulling the crowd of over 1 billion people, Modi became an acceptable figure, not only in India, but also in the world.

 

Faced criticism from opponents

During election campaigning, Modi was ridiculed by opponents with words like 'divisive', ‘communal',‘Hitler', ‘Butcher', ‘Murderer' and ‘Impotent'.

But "Modi wave" was so high that it swept away his detractors and many of them were forced to eat their words later.

 

15th Prime Minister of India

As Narendra Modi led the BJP to a massive mandate with 282 seats on May 16, 2014, the people of India has great expectations from their new leader, who is seen as a "ray of hope and change."

Known to be a dynamic and decisive leader, Modi, with sheer hard work is also said to be a workaholic, a tough taskmaster, the one who keeps his ministers on toes and has the power to take India on a global platform, indeed as a superpower country.

 

The last laugh

As Modi accomplished his remarkable journey from a shy, introvert boy to an impeccable orator, the time ahead will judge his capabilities as the leader of India.

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