NARENDRA MODI: FROM RSS TO BJP, A JOURNEY OF LEADERSHIP AND VISION

Published By : Admin | April 12, 2024 | 17:49 IST

Narendra Modi, the 14th Prime Minister of India, is a figure whose political journey is as intriguing as inspiring. Rising from humble beginnings, Modi's ascent through the ranks of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and eventually to the highest office in the country is a testament to his tenacity, vision, and unwavering commitment to public service.
Modi's early years were marked by his association with the RSS, a Hindu nationalist organization. Born on September 17, 1950, in Vadnagar, Gujarat, he was introduced to the RSS at a young age and became actively involved in its activities during his teenage years. His upbringing in a modest family instilled in him values of discipline, hard work, and service to the nation, shaping his future endeavours. His first brush with the RSS was at the tender age of eight when he would attend the local youth meetings of the RSS after a day’s work at the family tea stall. The reason for attending such meetings was far from political. It was here that he met one of the strongest influences on his life, Laxmanrao Inamdar also known as ‘Vakil Saheb.’

With this background, an almost 20-year-old Narendra Modi arrived in Gujarat’s largest city Ahmedabad. He became a regular member of the RSS and his dedication and organisation skills impressed Vakil Saheb and others. In 1972 he became a Pracharak, giving his full time to the RSS. He shared his accommodation with other Pracharaks and followed a rigorous daily routine.

Narendra Modi was made the ‘Sambhaag Pracharak’ (equivalent of a regional organiser) as an appreciation of his activism and organisational work during the preceding years. He was given charge of South and Central Gujarat. At the same time, he was called to Delhi and asked to chronicle the official RSS account of the Emergency Period. It meant more work and balancing both regional and national duties, which Narendra Modi did with ease and efficiency.

Modi's political journey truly began when he joined the BJP in the early 1980s. His organizational skills and dedication quickly propelled him through the party ranks, and he soon became known as a skilled strategist and effective communicator. Modi played a crucial role in strengthening the BJP's presence in Gujarat, a state that would later become the cornerstone of his political career.

In 2001, Narendra Modi was appointed as the Chief Minister of Gujarat, a position he would hold for an unprecedented 13 years. His tenure as Chief Minister is often regarded as a transformative period for the state, marked by rapid economic growth, infrastructure development, and social initiatives. Under his leadership, Gujarat emerged as one of India's most prosperous and industrialized states, attracting investment and generating employment opportunities. Narendra Modi again become Chief Minister of Gujarat on the plank of development in 2007 and 2012.

Modi's governance style during his tenure as Chief Minister was characterized by decisiveness, innovation, and a focus on development. He implemented several groundbreaking initiatives, including the Vibrant Gujarat Summit, which showcased the state's investment potential to the global community. His administration also prioritized infrastructure projects such as roads, ports, and power plants, laying the foundation for Gujarat's economic success.

Despite the challenges, Modi's popularity in Gujarat remained strong, and in 2014, he made history by leading the BJP to a landslide victory in the general elections. On May 26, 2014, Narendra Modi was sworn in as the 14th Prime Minister of India, ushering in a new era of governance marked by ambitious reforms and a pro-business agenda.

As Prime Minister, Modi wasted no time in implementing his vision for India's development and prosperity. His government launched flagship initiatives such as Make in India, Digital India, and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, aimed at promoting manufacturing, modernizing infrastructure, and improving sanitation and hygiene nationwide. Modi's emphasis on economic growth and innovation has earned him praise from supporters and critics alike, with many crediting him with accelerating India's transformation into a global economic powerhouse.

PM Modi's second term, which began in May 2019, has been marked by bold initiatives, ambitious reforms, and significant geopolitical challenges. Building on the successes and lessons of his first term, Modi has pursued an agenda focused on economic growth, national security, and social development, while also facing criticism and controversy on various fronts.

One of the central themes of Modi's second term has been the continued emphasis on economic reform and development. The government has undertaken several major initiatives aimed at boosting economic growth, creating jobs, and enhancing India's competitiveness on the global stage. The landmark Goods and Services Tax (GST) reform, introduced during Modi's first term, has been further streamlined and refined to ease compliance burdens and promote business expansion.

Additionally, Modi's government has pursued initiatives such as the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan (Self-Reliant India Mission), which aims to promote domestic manufacturing and reduce dependence on imports. The initiative includes measures to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), enhance infrastructure development, and foster innovation and entrepreneurship. While critics have raised concerns about protectionism and the potential impact on international trade relations, supporters argue that Aatmanirbhar Bharat is essential for strengthening India's long-term economic resilience.

In the realm of social welfare, Modi's government has continued to prioritize initiatives aimed at improving the lives of marginalized communities and enhancing social inclusion. The Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, which aims to provide access to banking services for all households, has been expanded to include additional benefits such as insurance and pension schemes. The Ayushman Bharat scheme, launched during Modi's first term, has been further expanded to provide healthcare coverage to millions of vulnerable citizens.

The second terms is defined by his government's response to ongoing challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, economic recovery, and India’s growing economic prowess. The success of initiatives such as Aatmanirbhar Bharat and efforts to promote inclusive development will be crucial in determining the legacy of Modi's leadership and the future trajectory of India's growth and prosperity.

PM Modi's commitment to infrastructure development has also been evident during his second term, with significant investments in transportation, energy, and digital infrastructure. Projects such as the Bharatmala Pariyojana, aimed at improving road connectivity across the country, and the Sagarmala initiative, focused on modernizing ports and coastal infrastructure, are expected to boost economic growth, ensuring strong border and development in North Eastern states of India which once was ignored.

PM Modi's foreign policy initiatives have also been a significant aspect of his tenure as Prime Minister. He has sought to strengthen India's strategic partnerships with key allies while also engaging with countries in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East to enhance economic cooperation and diplomatic ties. Modi's proactive approach to foreign affairs has helped elevate India's standing on the world stage and position the country as a key player in global affairs. The most recent G20 event which was held in India, witnessed the inclusion of African Union and the G20 New Delhi Declaration remains one of the most successful declarations which received complete consensus of all participating countries. India under PM Modi has also been elected as president of various global bodies such as International Solar Alliance, Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, I2U2 etc. India under PM Modi also witnessed India’s global role as a First Responder when India had sent aid to countries impacted by natural calamities, conducted rescue missions, provided life saving vaccines during the COVID19 pandemic to ensuring safe passage to civilians during global conflicts.
Narendra Modi's as Prime Minister has been marked by bold initiatives, ambitious reforms, which has resulted in India’s growth. The government has made progress in areas such as economic development, social welfare, and infrastructure. The focus of governance has been to uplift the Garib, Youth, Farmers and Women of India. PM Modi’s vision of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Prayaas” has been exemplified in the successes in the last two terms as Prime Minister of India.

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PM Modi’s Vision Fuels Delhi’s Development
April 12, 2024

“Delhi has the good fortune to get an opportunity of keeping the flag of nations' prestige flying high.”
- PM Narendra Modi as Delhi prepared to host the G20 Summit

The last ten years of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government have set in motion the creation of a New India—from rural to urban, from water to electricity, from houses to health, from education to employment, from castes to classes—a comprehensive plan bringing growth and prosperity to each doorstep.

The National Capital Territory of Delhi has emerged as a pivotal part of this dynamic developmental momentum spearheaded by PM Modi throughout this transformative decade.

The city has been at the heart of the infrastructural shift that has given a dedicated facelift to the entire nation. Today infrastructural marvels like Atal Setu, Chenab Bridge, Statue of Unity, and Zojila Tunnel dot India’s ever-evolving landscape.

With its focus on revamping transportation networks, upgrading urban amenities, and expanding digital infrastructure, the Modi government has launched an array of transformative initiatives. From railways, highways to airports, these initiatives have been key in galvanising inclusive and sustainable development across the length and breadth of the country.

The impressive expansion of the metro rail network has revolutionised urban commuting in India. From a mere 5 cities in 2014, the metro rail network now serves 21 cities across the nation—expanding from 248 km in 2014 to 945 km by 2024, with 919 km of lines under construction in 26 additional cities.

The Union Cabinet has recently approved two new corridors of Delhi Metro Phase-IV—Lajpat Nagar to Saket G-Block and Inderlok to Indraprastha. Both the lines have a combined length of over 20 kms with a project cost of over Rs. 8,000 crore (funding being sourced from the Union Govt, Govt of Delhi, and international agencies). The Inderlok- Indraprastha line will play a significant role in enhancing connectivity to the Bahadurgarh region of Haryana. Additionally, India’s first Namo Bharat train, operating on the Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) corridor further underlines the Modi government’s commitment to enhancing regional connectivity and upgrading its transportation infrastructure.

Further, the Bharatmala Pariyojana envisages improved logistics efficiency and connectivity via the development of nearly 35,000 km of National Highway corridors. 25 greenfield high-speed corridors have been planned under the plan out of which four intersect with Delhi’s growing infra capacity: Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway, Delhi-Saharanpur-Dehradun Expressway, and the Urban Extension Road-II. The total project length sanctioned for Delhi is 203 km with an allocation of over Rs. 18,000 crore.

Over the past decade, the Modi government has consistently dedicated efforts towards augmenting capacity and decongestion of airports. After the IGI Airport Delhi became the first airport in the country to have four runways and an elevated taxiway, the expanded state-of-the-art Terminal 1 has also been inaugurated recently. In addition, the upcoming Noida International Airport (Jewar) shall further contribute to decongestion of the Delhi airport which is serving millions of passengers annually.

Besides, the inauguration of the New Parliament has further added civilisational yet modern connotations to the city’s landscape. Inauguration of the Yashobhoomi (India International Convention & Expo Centre) has given Delhi India’s largest convention and exhibition centre, offering a mixed purpose tourism experience. Along with Yashobhoomi, the Bharat Mandapam, a world-class convention and exhibition centre, showcases India to the world.

In terms of welfare, the Modi government has launched several schemes benefitting people hitherto on the margins of growth and development. Women’s safety in Delhi has been a key concern. To address the same, the Modi government strengthened the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 by increasing the quantum of punishment for rape, including capital punishment for rape of a girlchild below the age of 12.

The Union Home Ministry established a separate Women Safety Division back in 2018. One-stop centers, Sakhi Niwas, Safe City Project, Nirbhaya Fund, SHe-Box, Investigation Tracking System for Sexual Offences, and Cri-MAC (Crime Multi-Agency Center) among others are significant additions in the government’s campaign towards women safety.

In addition, Swachh Bharat Mission, PM Ujjwala Yojana, PM Matru Vandana Yojana, and Beti Bachao Beti Padhao have further led to the empowerment of Nari Shakti in India.

As India becomes the 3rd largest startup ecosystem in the world, Delhi is also contributing significantly towards this development. Today over 13,000 DPIIT-recognised startups are functioning in Delhi even as the government is promoting self-employment through PM MUDRA Yojana with over 2.3 lakh loans sanctioned worth over Rs. 3,000 crore for FY2023-24 (as on 26.01.2024).

PM SVANidhi, which provides collateral free loans to street vendors, is supporting over 1.67 lakh beneficiaries in Delhi. Further, under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yojana, launched in 2020 to incentivise employers for creation of new employment and restoration of loss of employment during Covid-19 pandemic, over 2.2 lakh employees benefitted in Delhi.

Further, nearly 30,000 houses have been sanctioned and completed in Delhi under PM Awas Yojana (Urban).

Air pollution has been a recurring problem for the people of Delhi. Conscious of this reality, the central government has launched the National Clean Air Programme as a national level strategy to reduce air pollution level across the country.

The Modi government's tenure over the last decade has brought about a remarkable transformation in Delhi across various fronts. From infrastructure development to governance reforms, from education to employment, the government's initiatives have left an indelible mark on the capital city. As Delhi continues on its journey of progress and development, the contributions of the Modi government are set to shape its future trajectory for years to come.