Present Prime Minister of India
Narendra Damodardas Modi (born on 17 September 1950) is the 15th and current Prime Minister of India. He is the first Prime minister to be born after Indian Independence. Modi, a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), also served as the Chief Minister of Gujarat state from 2001 to 2014. He is currently the Member of Parliament (MP) from Varanasi.
Modi was a key strategist for the BJP in the successful 1995 and 1998 Gujarat state election campaigns. He became Chief Minister of Gujarat in October 2001 and served longer in that position than anyone else to date. Modi was a major campaign figure in the 2009 general election, which the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance lost to the Congress-ledUnited Progressive Alliance (UPA). He led the BJP in the 2014 general election, which resulted in an outright majority for the BJP in the Lok Sabha (the lower house of the Indian parliament) - the last time that any party had secured an outright majority in the Lok Sabha was in 1984.
Narendra Modi was sworn in as Prime Minister on 26 May 2014 at the Rastrapati Bhavan. He is India's first prime minister born after the country's independence. In a first of its kind, Modi invited all SAARC leaders to attend his swearing-in ceremony; the attendees included Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam of Mauritius (SAARC observer), Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif, and Speaker of the National Parliament of Bangladesh Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina could not attend since she had a scheduled state visit to Japan and deputed the Speaker of National Parliament of Bangladesh to attend the ceremony on her behalf.
Awards and recognitions
Gujarat Ratna by Shri Poona Gujarati Bandhu Samaj at Ganesh Kala Krida Manch on celebration of centenary year.
e-Ratna award by the Computer Society of India
Best Chief Minister - In a nationwide survey conducted in 2007 by India Today magazine, Narendra Modi was declared the Best Chief Minister in the country.
Asian Winner of the fDi Personality of the Year award for 2009 by FDi magazine.
In March 2012, Modi appeared on the cover of the Asian edition of Time, one of India's few politicians to have done so.
Modi was featured in Time's 2014 Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.
Modi (@narendramodi) has become the most followed Asian leader on Twitter.
Official website of Narendra Modi : www.narendramodi.in