"Fashion Icon":- Indian Prime Minister "Mr. Narendra Modi"
22 times Narendra Modi Showed the World What Style looks like.
You don’t always have to be a 5’11’ model to be in style, setting the ramp on fire with some killer looks and mesmerizing catwalks. Probably believing in this statement, Narendra Modi, the 15th Prime Minister of India, has started blazing the entire zone of politics with his iconic sense of style. Apart from being a good leader, Modi with his stunning styling sense has shown that with big powers do come big responsibilities, even with respect to style.
Mind you, being a PM is just no simple issue. It simply doesn’t mean to lead a country towards achieving the goal of progress; in fact, it also means to stay perfectly in style, in order to show the world that India too, has his own iconic figure. Dedicated to one of the best prime ministers of India, here is a list that shows how Modi made politics a stylish arena.
1. When Modi became a trendsetter with kurtas.
Remember that legendary moment when Modi was declared as the Prime Minister of India, looking dapper in his pistachio green kurta! From that very moment, kurtas in India got its new name, Modi Kurtas. Modi has not only helped setting kurtas as his signature, but has also helped in enriching Indian ethnic wear, but unlike others, in style. Ahmedabad-based Jitendra and Bipin Chauhan, the ones behind these signature kurtas have no wonder did a marvellous job. Believe it or not, the half-sleeves kurta that our Prime Minister wear are actually inspired by his very own design.
PS- Do you know why Modi keeps his kurtas buttoned up till his neck? It is because he considers Bollywood’s Kaka, Rajesh Khanna as his style guru.
2. Modi’s Monogrammed Suit.
Nothing but the attitude to define yourself with the sauce of your own personality can perfectly define the true meaning of style. And probably Modi comprehended this due to which he simply rocked the entire nation with his classic monogrammed suit. This dark coloured suit with golden stripes had actually defined his elite stardom in the stream of politics when he wore this during his meet-up with Obama. What mainly attracted this suit to news is not just the colour but also the stripes that actually had Modi’s full name, “Narendra Damodardas Modi” imprinted on it.
3. Modi’s Pinstriped Shawl
As if his meet-up with Obama and his monogrammed suit was not quite cool enough, Modi went on further to set himself apart with with his pinstriped shawl. On his visit to France, Modi donned an exquisite looking shimmery black coloured shawl that actually had his initials on it. Now, that’s quite like a man of honour!
4. When he donned his BJP style in Pashmina.
Modi almost stole the entire Michelle’s fashion thunder, with his simple but elegant orange Pashmina shawl, when he went to meet Barack and Michelle Obama, during their three day visit in India. Not only that signified the official colour of BJP, but again showed the entire world that he is definitely not lagging behind, when it comes classy style.
5. When he made brown colour proud of itself.
Flaunting a sedate brown suit, accompanied with a mandarin collar, Modi again made his international visit during Brics summit an inspirational one, in terms of style. He further completed this look with his red and green coloured jaunty pocket square.
6. When he made the perfect use of Matka Silk.
No, it’s not just with his international visits, the world knew about Modi’s sense of style. When he first visited the conflicted state of Jammu and Kashmir, after his appointment as the PM, Modi was seen donning a crisp ice-blue vest on a grey kurta, that was made from Matka Silk, a popular Indian handloom.
7. When he went Matrix style.
Why stay only ethnic when Modi can actually fuse Keanu Reeves in himself. Donning the Matrix shades in Xi’an Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses, the grand summit that was held between India and China, showed Modi’s edgy hunk look.
8. When he posed with a pony in the Mongolian way.
And the plethora of Modi’s trip continued till Mongolia as well. Being the first Indian Prime Minister, Modi understood perfectly what it takes to set a global image. Following that, he was seen in a Mongolian robe along with the pony, Kanthaka.
9. When Modi looked totally dapper in striped T-shirt and trousers.
No, it’s not only when he is attending political conferences. Wearing a simple striped pistachio green coloured striped t-shirt paired with off-white trousers, Modi set ablaze the entire golf course with his acute fashion sense. Indeed, one of the most fashionable PMs of India!
10. When Modi donned suit just like a boss.
Forget about James Bond, when we have our very own Narendra Modi, adorning suits grandly. Since 2001, when he was appointed as the CM, Modi fell for western wear, which eventually led him to master its appearance. During his meet-up with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, Modi wore a simple and classy black suit that made his appearance more prolific.
11. When Modi adds swag with his grey jacket and sunglasses.
On his surprise visit to the conflicted land of Siachen, Modi paraded in a grey jacket. Apart from his demeanour, his cool pair of sunglasses simply seemed to garnish his entire look.
12. When Modi’s rimless Bvlgari glasses synced perfectly with his Movado watch.
The ‘sartorial explorations’ of Modi had revealed our PM’s inclination towards big brands, especially including European designers. Movado has always been Modi’s favourite watch brand while his spectacles were presented from the house of Bvlgari.
13. When Modi sports Texan hats dexterously.
When not in Trench coats, Modi is often seen wearing his Texan hats along with his denims and western style trousers. It is often said that he along with his hats actually go a long way. Even when he was the CM, Modi was seen sporting his hats coupled with jeans and T-shirt.
14. When Modi chose to be casual yet assertive with half sleeves kurta.
Shaking his firm hands with the team India, Modi sported his light blue half sleeves kurta. In spite of no jacket over it, Modi perfectly emitted the radiance of kingly style.
15. When Modi’s Suit and T-shirt Combination rocked the camel, literally.
While visiting the Indo-Pak border, Modi was seen daunting a suit coupled with striped T-shirt underneath. The black trousers simply seem to complete Modi’s ride on the camel perfectly.
16. When Modi chose to look perfectly Indian.
No one better style Rudraksha better than Modi! Complementing his saffron suit with his beautiful elegant shawl, that embedded floral designs, Modi made sure he was leading the style quotient game.
17. When Modi blended two light colours perfectly.
Experimenting with several colours, Modi showed that it can be safe to play with two light colours only to produce a spectacularly classy appearance.
18. When Modi displayed white with perfect elegance.
Perfectly ironed as well as immaculate white! Modi simply took style to a whole new Indian level of style.
19. When Modi chose to combine leather shoes with Indian ethnic wear and look as royal as ever.
20. When Modi sported a yellow turban during his punjab visit that matched perfectly with his kurta.
21.When Modi Slayed In His Assam Visit With Assamese Japi At 85th Annual Conference.
22.Modi's Visit To Sikkim (Gangtok).
P.M Modi Wearing Trench Coat With Sikkimese Cap Being Welcomed By People In Their Traditional Way.
Narendra Modi is the current Prime Minister of India. He represents Varanasi constituency in the Lok Sabha. He is the most prominent leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He is considered a master strategist for his party. He has been the Chief Minister of Gujarat for four consecutive terms.
Family and Personal Background of Narendra Modi
Narendra Damodardas Modi was born to a family of grocers in a town called Vadnagar in Mehsana district of Gujarat. He was born on 17 September, 1950 to Damodardas Mulchand Modi and Heeraben Modi. The couple had six children among which Narendra Modi was the third eldest.
Modi completed his studies against all odds. His saga of struggle began when as a teenager, he, along with his brother, used to run a tea stall near a railway station in Ahmedabad. He did his schooling from Vadnagar and obtained a master's degree in Political Science from Gujarat University. One of his school teachers described him as an average student but a brilliant debater. During his college days, he worked as a 'pracharak' (promoter) of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). He left home at the age of 17 years and travelled across the country for the next two years.
At a later stage, during the 1990s, when Modi served as the official spokesperson of the BJP in New Delhi, he completed a three-month long course in the US on public relations and image management.
One of his brothers, Somabhai, is a retired health officer who now runs an old age home in the city of Ahmedabad. Another of his brothers Prahlad, an activist on behalf of fair-price shop owners, has his own fair-price shop in Ahmedabad. His third brother Pankaj is employed with the Information Department in Gandhinagar.
Political Career of Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi always had the utmost zeal and enthusiasm to serve and help the people in need. As a young boy, Narendra Modi offered his services voluntarily to the soldiers at the railway stations during the Indo-Pak war in 1965. He also served affected people during the 1967 Gujarat floods. Modi started working in the Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation’s staff canteen. Eventually from there he became a full-time proponent and campaigner, commonly called a 'pracharak', of the RSS. Modi later underwent training at the RSS camp in Nagpur. It is a prerequisite for any RSS member to take up the training course for holding any official position in the Sangh Parivar. Narendra Modi was given charge of the student wing, which is better known as Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). His contribution to the Anti-emergency movement impressed senior political leaders. As a result of this, he was eventually appointed the regional organiser of the newly-formed Bharatiya Janata Party in Gujarat.
Narendra Modi was an efficient organiser from a very young age. During the Emergency, he arranged for covert circulation of RSS pamphlets and also organised protests against the Emergency rule. During his RSS days, he met the two Jan Sangh leaders, Vasant Gajendragadkar and Nathalal Jaghda, who later founded the state unit of BJP in Gujarat. In 1987, the RSS deputed Narendra Modi to politics by recommending his candidature in the BJP. Modi’s efficiency was recognised and he rose to prominence after managing the Ekta Yatra for Murli Manohar Joshi.
Political Journey of Narendra Modi
Became the General Secretary of the BJP's Gujarat unit in 1988.
Recognised as a key strategist for being instrumental in successfully campaigning for the party in the 1995 and 1998 Gujarat Assembly elections, which made the BJP the ruling party in Gujarat.
Successfully organised two challenging events on national level: the Somnath to Ayodhya Rath Yatra, which was a long march by L. K. Advani and a march from Kanyakumari (southern tip of India) to Kashmir (the northern tip) undertaken by Murli Manohar Joshi. These two events are considered to have contributed in bringing the BJP to power in 1998.
In 1995, Narendra Modi was appointed as the Secretary of the BJP's national unit.
Narendra Modi was credited for having successfully carried out the responsibility of revamping the party organisation in different states.
In 1998, Narendra Modi was promoted as General Secretary and held the position till October 2001.
Narendra Modi became the Chief Minister of the state of Gujarat for the first time in October 2001 when his predecessor Keshubhai Patel resigned from the post following the defeat of BJP in by-elections.
After winning the Gujarat Assembly elections three consecutive times and holding the position of the state's chief minister, Modi contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections for the first time. He won the elections by a grand margin and became the Prime Minister of India following the win.
Schemes Launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (for financial inclusion)
Swachch Bharat Mission (for clean public places and better sanitation facilities)
Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (provision of LPG to families living BPL)
Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (efficiency in irrigation)
Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (insurance against crop failure)
Pahal (LPG subsidy)
Mudra Bank Yojana (banking services for Medium and Small Enterprises)
Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (to provide skill training to the young workforce)
Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (affordable housing for all)
Jan Aushadhi Scheme (provision for affordable medicines)
Digital India (for a digitally equipped nation and economy)
Digilocker (securing documents online)
School Nursery Yojana (afforestation program by and for young citizens)
Gold Monetisation Scheme (involve gold stocks lying idle in households in the economy)
Narendra Modi's International Tours
Four-nation African tour covering Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya to strengthen ties in trade, energy, defence and maritime cooperation. (July, 2016)
First Prime-Ministerial visit to Mexico in three decades to enhance bilateral relations. (June, 2016)
Visit to the US to strengthen ties and enhance cooperation between the two countries. (June, 2016)
Meeting with top business leaders in Qatar to deepen industry and trade relations between both countries. (June, 2016)
Bilateral meet with Switzerland President Johann Schneider Ammann who supported India’s bid for NSG membership. Also met the country's business leaders to deepen industry and trade ties between India and Switzerland. (June, 2016)
Visit to Afghanistan and jointly inaugurated the Afghan- India Friendship Dam with President Ashraf Ghani. (June, 2016)
Visit to Iran to enhance trade, investments, energy partnership, connectivity, culture and people to people relations. The historic Chahbahar Agreement was sealed during this visit. (May, 2016)
Visit to Saudi Arabia for deepening bilateral relations and strengthening business ties between the two countries. (April, 2016)
Visited Russia to attend the 16th Annual India-Russia summit. As many as 16 important agreements were signed between the two countries. (December, 2015)
Visit to Singapore marking fifty years of India-Singapore relations. The Prime Minister met a number of top investors and invited them to ‘Make in India.’ (November, 2015)
Visited Malaysia to attend the ASEAN-India Summit. Prime Minister Modi met his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak to discuss bilateral ties with him. He also met his Chinese and Japanese counterparts Li Keqiang and Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the summit. (November, 2015)
Historic visit to the UK, the first in over a decade, to strengthen business and cultural ties between the two countries. The UK Prime Minister David Cameron expressed support for India's permanent candidature of a reformed UNSC. (November, 2015)
First Prime Ministerial visit to United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 34 years. Visit strengthened economic ties and security cooperation. (August, 2015)
Tour of Central Asia covering Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Historic and special visit in which significant effort was made to expand India’s cooperation with the Central Asian nations. (July, 2015)
Visit to Bangladesh included talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and signing of a number of MOUs. The historic Land Boundary Agreement was signed during this visit. (June, 2015)
Visit to the Republic of Korea strengthened many aspects of India-Korea cooperation. (May, 2015)
Historic visit to Mongolia that opened up broad avenues of partnership and cooperation between the two nations. (May, 2015)
Three-day China visit augmented bilateral partnership and economic cooperation between India and China and enhanced friendship among the two of the oldest civilizations of the world. (May, 2015)
Visit to Canada was first exclusively bilateral visit by an Indian Prime Minister in more than four decades to deepen ties between the two nations. (April, 2015)
Visit to Germany to hold extensive talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and prominent business leaders and promote the Indian government's ‘Make in India’ initiative. (April, 2015)
Visit to France for extensive discussions to strengthen India-France ties. Modi met several French leaders and business executives and discussed ways to strengthen economic co-operation. (April, 2015)
Undertook a successful 3-nation tour to Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka to strengthen India’s ties with these friendly nations. (March, 2015)
Visted Brazil to attend the BRICS Summit in Fortaleza. A wide range of global issues were discussed during the Summit where it was decided to set up a BRICS bank and the first head of the Bank was to be from India. Three MoUs were signed between Brazil and India. (December, 2014)
Visit to Nepal to attend the 18th SAARC Summit. (November, 2014)
First bilateral visit to Fiji by an Indian Prime Minister in 33 years. Modi attended a 'Forum for India-Pacific Island cooperation' where he interacted with leaders from various Pacific islands nations. (November, 2014)
First bilateral visit by an Indian Prime Minister in 28 years. Modi attended the G-20 Summit in Brisbane which was followed by a state visit to Australia. (November, 2014)
Attended two important multilateral summits, the ASEAN & East Asia Summits in Myanmar. (November, 2014)
Undertook a successful visit to Japan during which he held extensive discussions with the top leadership of Japan to strengthen ties between the two countries in several spheres. The visit resulted in a number of agreements. (August, 2014)
Embarked on his first ever foreign visit after assuming charge to Bhutan indicating the importance India attaches to ties with Bhutan. (June, 2014)
Narendra Modi's Tenure as Chief Minister of Gujarat
As the chief minister of Gujarat, Modi had promoted the state as 'Vibrant Gujarat' claiming that it had made rapid progress in terms of infrastructural development and economic growth. However, some critics also point out poverty, malnutrition and lack of proper education in the state. As per the statistics, the state ranked 14th in terms of poverty as on September, 2013 and 18th in terms of literacy rate in 2014. On the other hand, the state officials claim that the state outperformed other states in terms of women's education. Moreover, the school drop-out rates and the maternal mortality rates declined. Gujarat is also one of the states that does not suffer from the problem of land mafia.
Contrary to the claims made by the state officials, Christophe Jaffrelot, a political scientist said that the development in the state was limited only to the urban middle class. The rural people and those belonging to the lower castes were neglected by the government. According to Jaffrelot, under Modi's governance there had been an increase in the number of people living below poverty line. At the same time, the tribal and the Dalit communities were treated as subalterns. Other critics, including noted economist Amartya Sen, are also of the same view.
First Term (2001 to 2002)
On 7 October 2001, Narendra Modi was appointed as the Chief Minister of the state of Gujarat.
He was given the responsibility of preparing the party for December 2002 elections.
As Chief Minister, Modi laid emphasis on privatisation of small governmental institutions.
2002 Gujarat violence:27 February saw a major incident of communal violence, resulting in the slaughter of 58 people, when a train carrying hundreds of passengers, mostly Hindu pilgrims, was set ablaze near Godhra. This incident resulted in anti-Muslim violence, which engulfed almost the entire Gujarat within no time. The estimated death toll ranged between 900 and 2,000. The Gujarat government led by Narendra Modi imposed curfews in several cities of the state to prevent escalation of violence. Human rights organisations, media and opposition parties accused the Modi government of taking inappropriate and insufficient steps to curb the violence. A Special Investigation Team (SIT) was appointed by the Supreme Court in April 2009 to inquire into the role played by the government and Modi. The SIT submitted a report to the court in December, 2010 stating that it did not find any evidence against Modi. However, the SIT was accused of concealing evidence in July, 2013.
Consequently, pressure mounted on the BJP with different opposition parties and allies demanding resignation of Modi from the CM’s post. But the subsequent elections resulted in BJP winning complete majority by clinching 127 out of 182 seats.
Second Term (2002 to 2007)
Modi laid stress on economic development of Gujarat, which resulted in the state emerging as an investment destination.
He instituted technology and financial parks in the state.
The Vibrant Gujarat Summit in 2007 saw real estate investment deals worth Rs 6,600 billion signed in Gujarat.
In July 2007, Modi completed 2,063 consecutive days as Chief Minister of Gujarat, creating a record of holding the post of CM of Gujarat for most number of days.
Third Term (2007 to 2012)
In later years, the state substantially improved its agricultural output, mainly due to projects related to improvement of supply of groundwater in places like Kachchh, Saurashtra and other northern parts of the state. Efforts were also made to increase the use of micro-irrigation and providing farms with efficient power supply.
Development projects in the field of infrastructure saw construction of 5,00,000 structures in 2008, out of which 1,13,738 were check dams. In 2010, 60 out of the 112 tehsils regained normal groundwater level. This resulted in increased production of genetically modified Bt cotton. The agriculture growth rate in Gujarat increased to 9.6 per cent during 2001- 2007 and Compound Annual Growth Rate in Gujarat for the decade 2001- 2010 reached 10.97 per cent, which was highest among all states of India.
A radical change in the system of power supply to rural areas helped flourish agriculture.
Sadbhavana Mission or Goodwill Mission was organised by Modi in late 2011 and early 2012 to reach out to the Muslim community in the state. Modi observed a series of fasts and believed that this step would "further strengthen Gujarat’s environment of peace, unity and harmony."
Fourth Term (2012 to 2014)
Modi got elected from the constituency of Maninagar after winning by a huge margin.
On the centenary celebration of Shri Poona Gujarati Bandhu Samaj, Narendra Modi was conferred with the Gujarat Ratna award at the Ganesh Kala Krida Manch.
The computer society of India bestowed him the e-Ratna award
In 2009, the FDI magazine honoured him as the Asian Winner of the FDi Personality of the Year Award.
In 2006, India Today conducted a nationwide survey that declared him as the Best Chief Minister in India.
In March 2012, the Time magazine featured him on the cover page of its Asian edition. He is one of the very few politicians of India to be featured on the cover of Time.
In 2014, Modi was featured in 'Time 100' list of most influential people in the world.
Modi became the most followed 'Asian leader' on Twitter in 2014.
"Forbes" rated Modi as the '15th Most Powerful Person' in the world in 2014.
Books on Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi- A Political Biography Narendra Modi- A Political Biography' by Andy Marino attempts to provide a clear picture of Narendra Modi, the man and his politics. It enables the readers to get a better understanding of Modi's ways of governance. The book analyses the contrasting perspectives on the Gujarat model of governance. Andy Marino takes us through Modi's journey of life from childhood to a young man who went on to become India's Prime Minister.
Centrestage: Inside the Narendra Modi Model of Governance Uday Mahurkar’s ‘Centrestage: Inside the Narendra Modi Model of Governance’ gives a balanced and impersonal judgment of Modi’s mantra of governance. Mahurkar not only talks about Modi's visionary schemes but also talks about issues on which Modi could have paid more attention and performed better. The book explains how Modi transformed Gujarat during his tenure and analyses the salient features of the Modi model of governance.
Modi: Making of a Prime Minister: Leadership, Governance and Performance The book by Vivian Fernandez is a peak into the political scenario of Gujarat and the way of Modi's governance from a viewpoint of a liberal Indian. In other words, the book does not take any stand or gives any judgment. Vivian describes the ways in which Modi utilised the opportunity to improve the economic conditions of the people of Gujarat.
The Man of the Moment - Narendra Modi 'The Man of the Moment: Narendra Modi' authored by M V Kamath and Kalindi Randeri uncovers the life and the development of a perfect politician who has expanded the boundaries of politics in India. The book unravels the motivations and the astonishing stamina of Narendra Modi to remain firm in the face of criticism.
The NaMo Story: A Political Life 'The NaMo Story: A Political Life' by Kingshuk Nag gives a brilliant portrayal of an exceptional politician, Narendra Modi, depicting his journey from a tea vendor's son to the Chief Minister of Gujarat. The book begins with a short history of the political situation and reforms of the 1990s. It goes on to describe how Modi utilised his administrative skills to build up the Hindutva agenda for the BJP.
Narendra Modi: The Gamechanger Sudesh Verma's 'Narendra Modi - The Gamechanger' shows Narendra Modi as a game changer who knows how to impress and influence people with his work and turn the tables on his opponents. The book is based on all-inclusive interviews of Modi and his close associates about the things and incidents that shaped his thoughts and actions and the way Modi evolved as a man. An average man can find a reflection of his own struggle in the life of Modi.
Books written by Narendra Modi
Jyotipunj 'Jyotipunj' gives a description of all the people who Narendra Modi believes inspired him and had a strong influence on his work. Modi was associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) initially as a worker and then as a ‘pracharak’. He gives a detailed insight into the life of the people who inspired him. The book also contains a reflection of thoughts of these people.
Abode of Love ‘Abode of Love’ is a compendium of eight short stories written by Narendra Modi. It was written by Modi at a very young age. These stories reveal the sensitive and affectionate aspect of his character. Modi believes that the love of a mother is the source of all love and it is the greatest love. Whatever be the kind of love – of lovers, of friends etc – all are the reflections of a mother's love. The book unravels the layers of human relationships in a beautiful way.
Premtirth 'Premtirth' is a collection of short stories written by Narendrabhai Modi. In this book, he draws a soulful portrayal of motherly feelings in a very simple and yet impressive language.
Kelve Te Kelavani ‘Kelave te Kelavani’ means ‘education is that which nurtures’. The book is a compilation of words of wisdom by Narendra Modi, India's Prime Minister. The book brings forth his thoughts and his vision to bring about a knowledge revolution in Gujarat. It shows his love for education.
Sakshibhav 'Sakshibhav' consists of a series of letters addressed to Jagat Janani Maa. It describes the journey of inner-self of Narendra Modi and his feelings. The book brings forth the emotional thoughts of Modi at the time of his struggle when he was a worker with RSS.
Samajik Samarasata ‘Samajik Samarasata’ is a compilation of Narendra Modi's articles and lectures. The phrase, “Express your views not just through words but through actions too”, aptly fits this book. The book reflects Modi's views on social harmony with no discrimination on the basis of castes and unravels many incidents of his interactions with dalits. The life incidents of many social reformers are also narrated.