Narendra Modi - An Introduction
- Born on September 17, 1950 in a middle-class family in Vadnagar,has been a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) since childhood and was active in politics from a very young age.He became a part of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), after making a mark in its student wing - the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).Narendra Modi started climbing the political ranks quickly once the BJP came to power in Gujarat in 1995. Within the next six years, Mr Modi went on from being the national secretary to the general secretary, and finally in 2001, he was entrusted by his party to take charge as the CM of Gujarat.When he assumed office of CM Gujarat had witnessed a devastating earthquake earlier that year, and growth was almost non-existent in the state. However, Mr Modi's unique ideas and administrative skills soon got Gujarat back on the road to recovery and progress.
- Trouble began for Mr Modi in 2002 after a fire engulfed a train carrying members of a Hindu nationalist organization, killing 59 people on board and many Hindus blamed Muslims for the fire and began rampaging through Muslim neighborhoods. For weeks, spasmodic and brutal violence continued between Muslims and Hindus. Mr. Modi's critics have blamed him for doing too little to stop violence against Muslims and even abetting the violence.Following the riots, opposition parties stalled Parliament and there were calls for Narendra Modi to resign. Mr Modi did resign, but took charge of office once again, shortly after the BJP won the state re-elections.
- Another controversy that has surrounded Mr Modi is the Ishrat Jehan fake encounter case. In June 2004, Ishrat Jehan, and her boyfriend, Javed were killed by the Gujarat Police. Also shot were Isan Johar and Amjad Ali. The police claimed the four were on their way to assassinate Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
- In 2006, Zakia Jafri, widow of former Congress MP Ehsaan Jafri, who was killed in the Gulbarg Society riot in Ahmedabad, registered her complaint against Mr Modi and 61 othersand accused Mr Modi of colluding to ensure that no help was given to those being attacked in the riots.
- In 2007, Mr Modi won the elections again, and began his third term as Gujarat's chief minister and holds the record for the longest serving chief minister of the state.
- In 2008, the Supreme Court issued a notice to the Centre and Gujarat government on Ms Jafri's plea and an amicus curiae was appointed to assist the Court. It then appointed a four-member Special Investigating Team (SIT) headed by former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director R K Raghavan to conduct investigation in these cases.
- In 2009, metropolitan magistrate SP Tamang who conducted a judicial inquiry into the incident(alleged fake encounter of Ishrat Jehan;herboyfriend Javed;Isan Johar and Amjad Ali) by Gujarat Police described the death of Ishrat and the others as 'cold-blooded murder'. Mr Tamang's indictment of the Narendra Modi government was severe; he also said senior policemen conspired for "selfish motives."
- The Supreme Court, earlier this month(September 2011), ruled that it will no longer monitor the case against Mr Modi for the communal riots at Gulbarag Society. The Supreme Court's verdict asks a Gujarat court to decide whether Mr Modi's role in the riots needs to be investigated.
- Despite the controversies that surround him, Narendra Modi has time and again been recognised as the best Chief Minister in India by many for single-handedly elevating Gujarat to be known as the most industry-friendly state and a delight for investors
Narendra Modi's three-day 'sadbhavna' fast - September 17-19,2011
As Modi begins the fast today (Saturday 17.09.2011)in Ahmedabad starting the day by seeking his mother's blessings,top BJP leaders leaders including LK Advani and Arun Jaitley attend the show.
Narendra Modi is 61 today and is celebrating his birthday with a three-day fast for communal harmony at the airconditioned Gujarat university exhibition hall in Ahmedabad. Mr Modi reached the place at 10 am and was greeted by the leaders gathered there. He then lighted a ceremonial lamp and was tied a turban and begun his fast.Grand preparations have been made for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's three-day fast for peace and harmony in Ahmedabad, with an estimate of over Rs 50 lakhs to be spent over the next three days.