Narendra Modi’s journey began in the voyage of Vadnagar, a small and town in North Gujarat’s Mehsana district. Born on 17th September 1950, 3 years after India attained freedom and within months of India becoming a Republic, Narendra Modi was the third of the sixth children of Damodardas Modi and Hiraba Modi. Vadnagar is a town that is steeped in history. His father was a street merchant who struggled to support the family. Young Narendra and his brother sold tea near a bus terminal to help out. Though an average student in school, Modi spent hours in the library and was known as a strong debater. In his early teens, he joined Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the student wing of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a Hindu nationalist political party.
Archeological excavations suggest this was a vibrant centre of learning and spirituality.
The Chinese traveller Hiuen Tsang visited Vadnagar.
Vadnagar also has a rich Buddhist history with as many as 10,000 Buddhist monks inhabiting the town centuries ago.
“Being first Indian Prime Minister, to born in ‘Independent India. First Indian prime minister whose mother was alive when he joined his office. He is having the record of winning a highest number of Lok Sabha seat.
On the centenary celebration of Shri Poona Gujarati Bandhu Samaj, Narendra Modi was conferred with the Gujarat Ratna award at the Ganesh Kala Krida Manch.
The computer society of India bestowed him the e-Ratna award
In 2009, the FDi magazine honoured him as the Asian Winner of the FDi Personality of the Year Award.
In 2006, India Today conducted a nationwide survey that declared him as the Best Chief Minister in India.
In March 2012, the Time magazine featured him on the cover page of its Asian edition. He is one of the very few politicians of India to be featured on the cover of Time.
In 2014, Modi was featured in ‘Time 100’ list of most influential people in the world.
Modi became the most followed ‘Asian leader’ on Twitter in 2014.
“Forbes” rated Modi as the ’15th Most Powerful Person’ in the world in 2014.