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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Celebrates 71st Birthday: A Look Back

He is the first Prime Minister to be born after Independence.

File photo of PM Narendra Modi. (PTI Image)
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (PTI Image)

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi turns 71 on Friday and the BJP has drawn plans to make the day historic.

While the party aims to create a record of maximum Covid-19 vaccine inoculations, it will also embark on 21-day “Seva and Samarpan” campaign.

PM Modi is into the third year of his second consecutive term as Prime Minister and has repeatedly emphasised the motto of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas’ in governance.

He has sought to usher inclusive, development-oriented and corruption-free governance and also sought to bring speed in decision-making.

PM Modi was sworn-in for his second term on May 2019 after serving as the Prime Minister of India from 2014 to 2019.

He is the first Prime Minister to be born after Independence. He has also been the longest-serving Chief Minister of Gujarat with his term spanning from October 2001 to May 2014.

He will achieve another milestone next month as he completes 20 years in public office on October 7. Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and other states will organise a 21-day “Seva and Samarpan” campaign comprising various welfare activities, which will start on Sept 17 till October 7.

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He led the Bharatiya Janata Party to record wins in the 2014 and 2019 elections, securing an absolute majority on both occasions.

PM Modi has been honoured with the United Nations ‘Champions of the Earth Award.’

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He has also sought to bring a new approach to disaster management, harnessing the power of technology and the strength of human resources.

Giving an inkling to his foreign policy initiatives, PM Modi began his first term in office in presence of all Heads of States of SAARC Nations and invited BIMSTEC leaders at the start of the second term.

Awards

PM Modi has been conferred various honours including the highest civilian honour of Saudi Arabia Sash of King Abdulaziz.

He has been also been conferred the top awards of Russia (The Order of the Holy Apostle Andrew the First), Palestine (Grand Collar of the State of Palestine), Afghanistan (Amir Amanullah Khan Award), UAE (Zayed Medal) and Maldives (Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen).

In 2018, PM received the prestigious Seoul Peace Prize for his contribution to peace and development.

Narendra Modi’s call for marking a day as ‘International Day of Yoga’ received an overwhelming response at the UN.

Journey

PM Modi was born on September 17, 1950, in a small town in Gujarat. He grew up in a poor family.

In his initial years, he worked with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and later joined politics working with the Bharatiya Janata Party organization at the national and state level.

PM Modi completed his MA in political science from Gujarat University.

(With inputs from ANI)

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