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Narendra Modi’s journey began in the by-lanes of Vadnagar, a small and nondescript town in North Gujarat’s Mehsana district. Born on 17th September 1950, 3 years after India attained freedom and within months of India becoming a Republic, Narendra Modi was the third of the sixth children of Damodardas Modi and Hiraba Modi. Vadnagar is a town that is steeped in history. Archeological excavations suggest this was a vibrant centre of learning and spirituality. The Chinese traveller Hiuen Tsang visited Vadnagar. Vadnagar also has a rich Buddhist history with as many as 10,000 Buddhist monks inhabiting the town centuries ago.

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Vadnagar station, where Narendra Modi's father owned a tea stall and where Narendra Modi also sold tea

Narendra Modi’s early years were far from what a fairy tale upbringing is like. The family belonged to the marginalized sections of society and had to struggle to make ends meet. The entire family lived in a small single storey house (approximately 40 feet by 12 feet). His father sold tea at the tea stall he set up in the local railway station. In his early years, Narendra Modi too lent a hand to his father at the tea stall.

These formative years left a strong imprint on Narendra Modi. As a child, Narendra Modi balanced his studies, non-academic life and his contribution at the family tea stall. His schoolmates recall Narendra as a diligent student with a penchant for debating and reading. He would spend hours and hours reading in the school library. Among the sports, he was very fond of swimming. Narendra Modi had a wide range of friends from all the communities. As a child he often celebrated both Hindu and Muslim festivals considering the large number of Muslim friends he had in the neighbourhood.

Humble Beginnings: The Early Years
As a child Narendra Modi dreamt of serving in the Army but destiny had other plans…

Yet, his thoughts, and dreams went way beyond a conventional life that began in the classroom and ended in the environs of an office. He wanted to go out there and make a difference to society…to wipe tears and suffering among people. At a young age he developed an inclination towards renunciation and asceticism. He gave up eating salt, chilies, oil and jaggery. Reading the works of Swami Vivekananda cover to cover took Narendra Modi to a journey of spiritualism and laid the foundation for his own mission to fulfill Swami Vivekananda’s dream of a Jagad Guru Bharat.

If there is one word that characterized Narendra Modi’s childhood and stayed with him for the rest of his life, it is service. When floods wrecked havoc in the Tapi River, 9 year old he and his friends started a food stall and donated the proceeds for relief work. When the war with Pakistan was at its peak he set out on the railway station and served tea to the Jawans who were going and coming from the border. This was a small step but it displayed his firm resolve to answer the call of Mother India, even at a remarkably young age.

As a child Narendra Modi had one dream- to serve in the Indian Army. For many youngsters of his time, the Army was seen as the ultimate means of serving Mother India. As luck would have it, his family was dead opposed to the idea. Narendra Modi was very keen to study in Sainik School located in nearby Jamnagar but when the time came to pay the fees, there was no money at home. Surely, Narendra was disappointed. But, fate had different plans for this young boy who was disappointed on not being able to wear the uniform of a Jawan. Over the years he embarked on a unique path that took him across India in pursuit of the larger mission to serve humanity.

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Taking India’s global standing to new heights!
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken India’s global standing to newer heights with the world applauding his transformational leadership. He has been conferred several highest awards by many nations and organisations.

Order of St Andrew the Apostle: April 2019

Recently, PM Narendra Modi received the highest order of the Russian Federation “for exceptional services in promoting special and privileged strategic partnership between Russia and India and friendly relations between the Russian and Indian peoples."

Order of Zayed Award: April 2019

PM Narendra Modi was conferred the highest civil award of the U.A.E. in April 209 for providing exceptional leadership in forging a new strategic relationship between India and UAE.
The award acknowledges that PM Modi is working for everyone in a diverse country having people with different religions, languages and cultures.

Seoul Peace Prize 2018 - October 2018

For contributions to the growth of the Indian and global economies, PM Narendra Modi received the Seoul Peace Prize in October 2018.
The Seoul Peace Prize committee lauded Modinomics for reducing social and economic disparity between the rich and the poor. It also praised PM Modi's initiatives to make the government cleaner through anti-corruption measures.

It credited the Prime Minister for his contribution towards regional and global peace under the 'Modi Doctrine' and the 'Act East Policy'.
Prime Minister Modi received the award in person during his visit to Republic of South Korea in February 2019.
Seoul Peace Prize 2018 - October 2018

 

UNEP Champions of the Earth Award - September 2018

United Nations' highest environmental honour, the UNEP Champions of the Earth Award is bestowed on the world's greatest change agents.
For his pioneering work in championing the International Solar Alliance and his unprecedented pledge to eliminate all single-use plastic in India by 2022, PM Narendra Modi was conferred with the UNEP Champions of the Earth Award in September last year.

 

Grand Collar of the State of Palestine - February 2018

The Grand Collar of the State of Palestine is the highest order of Palestine given to foreign dignitaries.
In recognition of PM Modi’s wise leadership and his lofty national and international stature, and in appreciation of his efforts to promote the historic relations between the State of Palestine and the Republic of India, he was conferred with the award during his visit to Palestine in February last year.

 

Amir Amanullah Khan Award - June 2016

The highest civilian honour of Afghanistan, the Amir Amanullah Khan Award was bestowed on PM Narendra Modi by the Afghanistan government in June 2016.

PM Narendra Modi was awarded the honour following the inauguration of the landmark Afghan-India Friendship Dam.

King Abdulaziz Sash Award - April 2016

In a special gesture, PM Narendra Modi was conferred the King Abdulaziz Sash Award in April 2016. This is Saudi Arabia's highest civilian honour.
Named after Abdulaziz Al Saud, the founder of the modern Saudi state, the Prime Minister was conferred the prestigious award by King Salman bin Abdulaziz.