TsuNamo-Rising of Modi

The History of Narendra Modi is known by all and by all I don’t mean only the voters but even the young kids. In many states it was reported that Bal Narendra – Childhood Stories of Narendra Modi, a comic book   was used to promote the PM candidate. It tells the stories of bravery and “fearlessness” from  BJP leader and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s childhood. Third of the six children born to Damodardas Mulchand Modi and his wife, Heeraben. He helped his father sell tea at Vadnagar railway station when a child and  later as a teenager he ran a tea stall with his brother near a bus terminus.He completed his schooling in Vadnagar, where a teacher described him as being an average student, but a keen debater who had an interest in theatre. That interest has influenced how he now projects himself in today’s politics.

He then worked in the staff canteen of Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation until he became a full–time pracharak (propagandist) of the RSS in 1970. He then got  involved with the RSS as a volunteer from the age of eight and had come into contact with Vasant Gajendragadkar and Nathalal Jaghda, leaders of the Jan Sangh who later founded the BJP’s Gujarat state unit .After Modi had received some RSS training in Nagpur, which was a prerequisite for taking up an official position in the Sangh Parivar he was given charge of Sangh’s student wing, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad , in Gujarat. Modi organized agitations and covert distribution of Sangh’s pamphlets during the Emergency. Modi graduated with an extramural degree through Distance Education in political science from Delhi University. Modi remained a pracharak in the RSS while he completed his Master’s degree in political science from Gujarat University.

Modi formally joined the RSS after the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. In 1975, the then Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhii declared a state of emergency and jailed political opponents. Modi went underground in Gujarat, occasionally disguised, and printed and sent booklets against the central government to Delhi. He also participated in the movement against the Emergency under Jayaprakash Narayan . The RSS assigned Modi to the BJP in 1985 and that started his political journey. While Shankarsingh Vaghelaa and Keshubhai Patel were the established names in the Gujarat BJP at that time, Modi rose to prominence after organising Murli Manohar Joshi’s Kanyakumari-Srinagar Ekta yatra (Journey for Unity) in 1991. In 1988, Modi was elected as organizing secretary of BJP’s Gujarat unit,marking his formal entry into mainstream politics. As secretary, his electoral strategy was central to BJP’s victory in the 1995 state elections.

In November 1995, Modi was elected National Secretary of BJP and was transferred to New Delhi where he was assigned responsibility for the party’s activities in Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.] Modi was promoted to the post of General Secretary(Organisation) of the BJP in May 1998. While on the selection committee for the 1998 assembly elections in Gujarat, Modi favored supporters of Patel over those loyal to Vaghela, in an attempt to put an end to the factional divisions within the party. His strategies were credited as being key to winning the 1998 elections. Later he went on to become the CM of Gujarat and now 2063 days after that today he still is the CM of Gujarat ;there was no turning back. As the CM of Gujarat he consciously crafted an image of a man with an alternative vision of governance for a country caught in a policy paralysis in last 5 years which really helped him throughout the pan-India campaign .

Only a year ago Modi made his move for the Top-job and virtually blanked out all other leaders in the party and became the sole face in the long campaign  and now he has achieved historical greatness by making  BJP win as the only single largest party since 1984; with 285 seats that is 169 seats more than the 2009 Loksabha elections and the NDA getting 339 seats 198 more than in 2009.It was seen that the voters were furious of the congresses inability to address corruption ,unemployment and the sputtering economy and Modi used it as a weapon against the UPA in a very tactical way; He made development and good governance as his main agenda and with his style of speeches and his satirical but effective words became an instant hit with the kids,young voters,middleclass and also those living in rural areas with his lucratively financed pro-business campaign but then we could also see that there were hints of polarizing voters by ranking up pet issues of the saffron forces like revoking article 370,The Babri-masjid etc though it stayed a non-pro-Hindutva campaign unlike the 2009 elections under L.K.Advani.

This election outcome is a massive comedown for the Gandhi Family as though they managed to become MP’s including Maneka  Gandhi and Varun Gandhi…jokes apart but their strong leaders like Shushil Kumar Shinde; Meira Kumar ,Chhagan Bhujbal  etccould not win. BJP has secure more seats in UP alone than the Congress has nationally. At a chaotic press conference a tired looking Rahul Gandhi accepted responsibility of the defeat.

On the other Hand Narendra Modi Thanked all the Indians who had voted him and the party and said that God had chosen him for this Job. Though  I Wish he should have had even thanked Whatsaap ;Facebook and Twitter for the 24*7 circulation of the “Ab ki Baar Modi Sarkar “ jokes and the  Congress picture-trolls. Whether the people hated him or loved him they simply could not Ignore him and some of its credit can be given to the aggressive marketing of the Modi Brand! Certainly Marketing as a career has created its place in the minds of  Indian parents after this Campaign.

Now that we know that Modi is all set to become the new PM lets hope that  the “Aache din” ie. Good days which Modi promises in his ad campaigns do become a reality.

Shreedeep Gawde

Shreedeep Gawde is a BMM student.Interested mainly in Politics and Current affairs.Maintains a decent blog shreedeepgawde.blogspot.in .Likes to Tweet.

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