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The initial euphoria and optimism surrounding the formation of Gujarat on May 1st 1960 had subsided by the end of the decade. The dreams of quick reform and progress had given way to disillusionment amongst the common man in Gujarat. The struggles and sacrifices of political stalwarts such as Indulal Yagnik, Jivraj Mehta and Balwant Rai Mehta had been undone by the greed for money and power in politics. By the end of 1960s and early 1970s, corruption and misgovernance of the Congress government in Gujarat had reached new heights. In 1971, India had defeated Pakistan in war and the Congress government got reelected on the promise of uplifting the poor. This promise turned out to be an empty one as ‘Garibi Hatao’ gradually changed into ‘Garib Hatao’. The life of the poor worsened, and in Gujarat this misery got coupled with a severe famine and steep price rise. Endless queues for basic commodities had become a common sight in the state. There was no respite for the common man.

Instead of taking remedial action, the Congress leadership in Gujarat was immersed in deep factional quarrels and displayed a complete apathy towards the situation. As a result, Ghanshyam Oza’s government soon toppled and was replaced by Chimanbhai Patel at the helm of affairs. However, this government too proved to be equally inefficient and there was a rising discontent against the state amongst the people of Gujarat.  The discontent turned into public anger when in December 1973, a few students of the Morbi Engineering College protested against the exorbitant rise in their food bills. These protests soon gained widespread support and ignited a state wide mass movement against the government. The state and central governments failed to quell this discontent despite all their efforts. Matters became worse when then Education Minister of Gujarat accused the Jan Sangh for the movement even though it was a broad based movement against corruption and rising prices. By 1973, Narendra Modi had displayed a keen interest in social activism and had already participated in several movements against price rise, inflation and other issues affecting the common man. As a young Pracharak and associate of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Narendra joined the Navnirman movement and dutifully performed the tasks assigned to him. The Navnirman movement was a mass movement in every sense as ordinary citizens from all sections of the society stood up in one voice. The movement was further strengthened when it gained the support of Jayaprakash Narayan, a well-respected public figure and a known crusader against corruption. With Jayaprakash Narayan in Ahmedabad, Narendra had the unique opportunity to closely interact with the charismatic leader. The several talks held with the veteran left a strong impression on a young Narendra. The Navnirman Movement was a major success and Chimanbhai Patel had to resign after a mere six months in office. Fresh elections were called and the Congress government was duly dislodged. Ironically, the results of the Gujarat elections came on 12th June 1975, the very day when the Allahabad High Court had found Prime Minister Indira Gandhi guilty of electoral corruption and put a question mark on her future as Prime Minister. A week later a new government under the leadership of Babubhai Jashbhai Patel was instated in Gujarat. The Navnirman Movement was Narendra’s first encounter with mass protest and led to a significant broadening of his worldview on social issues. It also propelled Narendra to the first post of his political career, General Secretary of the Lok Sangharsh Samiti in Gujarat in 1975. During the movement, he particularly got the opportunity to understand student issues from close quarters, which proved to be a major asset once he became Chief Minister.  Since 2001, he has focused significantly on educational reforms and made world-class education accessible to the youth of Gujarat. The optimism post the Navnirman Movement in Gujarat was short-lived. On the midnight of June 25th 1975, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi clamped a state of Emergency in India suspending civil liberties and curbing freedom of expression. One of the most important phases of Narendra Modi’s life had begun.

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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 2019 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.