Modi, Narendra Damodardas

Modi, Narendra Damodardas

(närĕn`drä dämōdärdäs` mōdē), 1950–, Indian politician. A member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, a right-wing, paramilitary Hindu nationalist group and then, from 1987, the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata partyBharatiya Janata party
[Hindi,=Indian People's party] (BJP), Indian political party that espouses Hindu nationalism. The BJP draws its Hindu nationalist creed from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS; National Self-Service Organization), a group founded in 1925 in opposition to
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 (BJP), he rose to prominence in his native Gujarat, serving as BJP general secretary for Gujarat (1988–95); he subsequently became BJP national secretary (1995–98) and general secretary (1998–2001). In 2001 he was appointed chief minister for Gujarat; the next year the Gujarat BJP was accused of responding inadequately to and sometimes condoning deadly anti-Muslim riots there. Modi resigned and new elections were called; the BJP subsequently won, and won again in 2007 and 2012. Modi's government emphasized Gujarat's economic development. In 2013 he became the BJP's prime-ministerial candidate for the 2014 national elections, and the became prime minister after the BJP and its allies won control of parliament.