The Man of the Moment

RSTV Bureau

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Narendra Modi – the man who has scripted one of the biggest victories for his party in these General Elections – is all set to lead the world’s biggest democracy. Hailed as a statesman, able administrator and a strong leader, here’s a look at the man who will lead the country next.

After ensuring a sweeping majority for the saffron party, Narendra Modi went to meet his mother and sought her blessings. Later, he went to Vadodara – one of the two constituencies he fought these elections from—and thanked the people for their overwhelming support. Modi vowed to bring in better times.

Narendra Modi’s journey to this pinnacle of success has been nothing less than remarkable. Born in a small town in Gujarat into an economically weak family, Modi worked as a tea seller at a railway station. He joined the RSS at a very young age and later he was assigned to the Bharatiya Janata Party to revive the party’s fortunes in Gujarat. Modi’s innings in active politics began when he was appointed general secretary of the party’s state unit. Modi is credited with playing a big role in helping the BJP establish a base in Gujarat and ensuring its first victory in the state in 1995. In the same year, he was made the party’s national secretary and entrusted with leading the party’s campaign in Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana. In 1998, he was made the organisation’s general secretary. Three years later, in 2001, the party made him the Chief Minister of Gujarat after Keshubhai Patel resigned accepting responsibility for the party’s defeat in by-polls for two seats.

However, he was caught in the eye of a storm within a year of taking charge as CM. The year 2002 will for long be associated with the Gujarat riots. As communal clashes broke out, Modi was accused of not doing anything to rein in the violence that was directed primarily at Muslims. Though charges against Modi have not been proved in courts, the incident was taking a toll on his political career.

But based on a strong leadership quality and high economic growth in the state, Narendra Modi clinched three successive terms as Gujarat Chief Minister. Riding high on promises to kick-start the country’s economy and create jobs, Modi is now headed towards the Parliament with a historic mandate.

“I am in favour of running the government in a very professional manner. The biggest crisis that the country faces today is a crisis of confidence. India faces a crisis of stagnancy, we need to give it momentum – if we can start on these, then other things will start moving on their own,” Narendra Modi said.

Modi’s sudden rise in national politics has also forced a rethink among Western nations, who shunned him for years after the bloodshed in Gujarat. In the run up to the General elections, foreign ambassadors were seen warming up to Modi – who has been pitted as the next Prime Minister of India.