Narendra Modi Wiki Biography
Narendra Modi was born on17 September 1950, in Vadnagar Bombay (now Gujarat) India, into a modest family of grocers. However, an interest in politics and debating from an early age sees Modi having climbed through the political ranks, and he is now the Prime Minister of India, by population the largest democracy in the world. Leading such a country has Forbes magazine ranking Narendra Modi as the 15th most powerful person in the world in 2015, and 5th on the magazine’s list of world’s greatest leaders.
So just how rich is Narendra Modi? Sources estimate that Modi’s net worth in 2015 is, for such an important leader, a relatively modest $300,000, with his wealth having been accumulated during his long career of nearly 40 years in politics.
Narendra Modi Net Worth $300,000
Narendra Modi was an average student, such that he deferred tertiary studies for some years, and left home after high school to wander northern India, and supposedly to avoid an arranged marriage. During this period he met members of the RSS – translated National Patriotic Organisation – a non-political grouping but supporting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and became interested sufficiently to subsequently study political science and graduate first with a BA from Delhi University, and then with a MA from Gujarat University.
During the 70s, the Congress Party ruled India, and effectively banned political dissent, such that Narendra Modi was obliged to work clandestinely at times to spread alternate views for the BJP, but in 1988 he was elected secretary of the BJP in Gujarat, an influential position which then saw him mastermind a BJP state victory in 1995, after which he moved to Delhi as the national secretary of the BJP. As can be seen, there is little in Modi’s career to suggest significant contributions to his net worth.
National responsibilities did not totally distract Narendra Modi from state issues, and a crisis in Gujarat saw him become Chief Minister there in 2001, following the resignation of Keshubhai Pate because of poor health and subsequent to allegations of corruption and abuse of power against the BJP, a position he was to hold for a record period. He led the BJP to victory by a very small majority in assembly elections the following year, on a platform promoting privatisation and small government, but later that year won a general election, securing two-thirds of the seats, a victory repeated with a similar margin in 2007, and again in 2012 with almost as large a majority. In terms of net worth, Narendra Modi has stated that his annual salary as Chief Minister was never more than 150,000 rupees ($2,500) per year.
India was subjected to numerous terrorist attacks and civil disturbances during the period 2001-2010, and Narendra Modi’s firm handling of these crises, especially in Gujarat with its 1200km open coastline, earned him considerable praise and support. He was also instrumental in securing investment funds from such countries as Japan, China and Singapore, thus significantly improving the economy overall and employment.
In 2013, Narendra Modi was appointed to the BJP parliamentary board and central election campaign committee for the 2014: the BJP won an overall majority, and Narendra Modi was unanimously elected leader of the BJP, and therefore appointed Prime Minister by the President. Since then, Narendra Modi has continued his philosophy of encouraging investment to improve the economic well-being of India, frequently described now as an ‘emerging economy’ on the world stage.
Not so importantly perhaps, how much is the Prime Minister paid? Just $30,000 per year, but actually making him the 11th highest paid political world leader (USA President #1 at $400,000).
In his personal life, Narendra Modi married Jashodaben Chimanlal in a traditional, arranged marriage in1968, although allegedly the marriage was never consummated and they have lived apart, with Narendra acknowledging his wife only in 2014.
|Full Name||Narendra Modi|
|Date Of Birth||September 17, 1950|
|Education||Gujarat University, University of Delhi|
|Spouse||Jashodaben Narendrabhai Modi|
|Parents||Heeraben Modi, Damodardas Mulchand Modi|
|Siblings||Pankaj Modi, Soma Modi, Prahlad Modi, Vasantiben Hasmukhlal Modi, Amrit Modi|
|Awards||CNN-IBN Indian of the Year|
|1||My philosophy, the philosophy of my party and the philosophy of my government is ‘Sabka saath’ – Together with all, progress for all…My government will not accept tolerate or accept any discrimination based on caste, creed, and religion.|
|2||Different departments tend to work in silos – each seems to be a government in itself. My effort has been to break these silos down, so that everybody looks at a problem in a collective manner. I see the federal government not as an assembled entity but as an organic entity.|
|3||I was born in a very poor family. I used to sell tea in a railway coach as a child. My mother used to wash utensils and do lowly housework in the houses of others to earn a livelihood. I have seen poverty very closely. I have lived in poverty. As a child, my entire childhood was steeped in poverty. For me, poverty – in a way – was the first inspiration in my life.|
|4||If you were to ask me to choose between democratic values and wealth, power, prosperity and fame, I will easily and with any doubt choose democratic values. So if you were to ask me whether you need a dictatorship to run India, no you do not.|
|5||We should not look at terrorism from the name-plates – which group they belong to, what is their geographical location, who are their victims. These individual groups or names will keep changing. Today you are looking at the Taliban or ISIS; tomorrow you may be looking at another name. We should pass the U.N.’s Comprehensive Convention on Intenational Terrorism. At least it will clearly establish whom you view as a terrorist and whom you don’t. We need to delink terrorism from religion.|
|1||One of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. [April 2014].|
|CNN NewsCenter||2014||TV Series documentary||Himself – Indian Prime Minister|
|Mad Cow Sacred Cow||2009||Documentary||Himself – Chief Minister of Gujarat|
|Democracy Now!||2015||TV Series||Himself|