Very few leaders in India have commanded support and devotion of their followers throughout their political careers and the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is one such person. From being a humble tea vendor during his early days to becoming the 16th Prime Minister of India – his path to success has been marked with many interesting events. While we might today criticize a number of his decisions, maybe with some credit and maybe not, it’s true that this leader is different. Our political views may differ but here are some incidents from his life that sure can be an eye opener. Let’s find out some of the facts about Narendra Modi.
1. The Fan from Japan Meets the Prime Minister
Narendra Modi is known to have a huge fan following of 34.3 Million on Instagram. One if the very famous fan of Narendra Modi is Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan, who has over 438,000 followers on Twitter but follows only four people and our very much respected Prime Minister Narendra Modi is one of them! You see the popularity of India’s Prime Minister!
2. Meeting with A Famous Indian Cartoonist
Ramesh Chandra, a famous Indian cartoonist, wanted to visit Narendra Modi at the Olympic Park Sydney but he could not because he was diagnosed with cancer. A news anchor tweeted about it to Modi and the Prime Minister looked into the matter and scheduled a special meet with Chandra at the same venue. That’s the best about Narendra Modi, he never fails to be the gentleman he is!
3. The Talk with A Girl
We all have heard about the Prime Minister’s visit to Japan when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat to talk about infrastructural developments and investments in his state. He was travelling on a bullet train when a small girl who was sitting beside him greeted him; it led to a session of video games between the then Chief Minister and the girl for 15-20 minutes. This is a kind of generosity and beauty of Narendra Modi’s personality, he is completely down to earth.
4. The Sanyasi
When Modi was a child, he wanted to become a Sanyasi and was quite fascinated with sadhus and various forms of meditation and worship. At the age 17, he sneaked out of his house, travelled for two years and had clear thoughts about what he had to do with his life. Amazing, isn’t it? This guy is giving us goals now.
5. The Largest Outreach
Another of the facts about Narenda Modi is that he has had the largest mass outreach in his election campaigns and he has addressed people by traveling over 3 lakh km across 25 states. He has been a part of 1350 3D rallies, which became a Modi signature and 437 public rallies. All of this was done in a short period of 8 months. Impressive, isn’t it?
6. No Holidays Yet
This is one fact about Narendra Modi that can be disputed a bit. We know you might be criticizing him for his foreign trips, but he has taken no official holiday as of now. He has been the Chief Minister of Gujarat for 13 years, and he did not even take a single day of holiday. His personal staff had only three days of holidays despite them being the titled to large entourages. It was also known that he was only on water during the elections of 2014 because he was on Navratra fast.
7. No Remembrance of the Past
The past does hold onto us and stop us from going ahead. For years, the Prime Minister kept burning all of his belongings and other things that were associated to him. He used to do this to disconnect with his past and focus on the present only. And this is the thing that we should really learn. Holding on to the past just becomes a barrier in our progress and does no good to us.
8. Leaving Home
Do you remember the Emergency of 1975 which created havoc and panic in India. All the Fundamental Rights of the citizens were subverted. It was in 1970 that Modi had left his home permanently and when he returned five years later he dressed like a Sikh to ensure he did not get caught during the Emergency. It was only because of his inventive ways that he was never jailed back then.
9. The Promise
Shree Narendra Damodar Modi has been known to be one of the most loved Prime Minister because of his values and love for his motherland. When he became the Chief Minister of Gujarat in the year in 2001, his mother took a promise that he would never ever take a bribe or get into the business of corruption. This is the promise he has kept till date.
10. What’s Close to Him?
Narendra Modi has always been in support of women empowerment. He is a devotee of Goddess Durga and also fasts during Navratra. He does what he preaches. Alongwith his Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Abhiyaan, he holds the ‘Kanya Kelavani’ girl child education fund very close to his heart, and he auctioned all gifts and souvenirs he received during visits to different places to forward the proceeds to the fund, which I think is very much amazing.
11. Why He Chose a Beard?
Did you know what is the reason behind the stunning beard of Narendra Damodar Modi? Well, some stories also suggest that Narendra Modi keeps a beard because a Swami at Ramakrishna Mission at Rajkot told him to do so. When he was young, an astrologer had predicted that he would either be a great saint or a great political leader the world would know of. Gotta meet the Swamiji and I am wondering to suggest this beard idea to my male friends. Great, stylish luck experiment, though and even suits him too much.
12. The Crocodile Bite Of The Prime Minister
The other popular story is how he got hit grievously by the left foot of a Crocodile. The incident happened when he was just in Class 8 and swimming in the Sharmishtha lake that lies near Vadnagar in Gujarat, his home then. It is said that he got nine stitches on his left foot. He used to swim across the lake to visit the temple, used to touch the temple flag and then swim back again. You now see where the fitness comes from.
Just like every other politician, Narendra Modi too has a list of haters and then people who love him. This is the list of facts that we had to offer you. Do you think that there are some other interesting facts about him that we don’t know of? Share with your thoughts below.
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