Very few leaders in India have commanded the 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 criticize a lot of his decisions, some with credit and others maybe not, but 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 to be precise, 34.3 Million on Instagram. One of the very famous fans 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 respected Prime Minister Narendra Modi is one of them! Do 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 thing 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 traveling 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 that we so adore in him, 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 of 17, he sneaked out of his house, traveled 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 some major life goals right now.
5. The Largest Outreach
Another interesting fact about Narendra 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 only had three days of holidays despite them being entitled 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 often holds onto us and stops us from going ahead. For years, the Prime Minister kept burning all of his belongings and other things that were associated with him. He used to do this to disconnect from his past and focus on the present only. This is the one thing that we should really learn from him. Holding on to the past only becomes a barrier to 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 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 to date.
10. What’s Close to Him?
Narendra Modi has always been in support of women’s empowerment. He is a devotee of Goddess Durga and also fasts during Navratri. He does what he preaches. Along with his Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Abhiyaan, he holds the ‘Kanya Kelavani’ the 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, this I think is very 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 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 thatthe world would know of. I Gotta meet the Swamiji and I am also planning to suggest this idea of keeping the beard to my male friends. Great, stylish, and a lucky experiment, and suits him too.
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 would swim across the lake to visit the temple, touch the temple flag and then swim back again. You now see where his fitness comes from.
Just like every other politician, Narendra Modi has a list of haters too, and then there are people who absolutely love him. This is the list of facts that we had to offer to you. Do you know any other interesting facts about him that we don’t know of? Share your thoughts below.
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