The names of leaders like Malala Yousafzai, Hillary Clinton, and Vladimir Putin are globally recognizable, yet they are not leading the 2014 poll for Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. Although it is probably not surprising to any one following Indian politics, Narendra Modi, a leader on Time’s poll, is quickly rising in notability. India is projected to pass China’s population within the next decade or two, becoming the most populous country in the world. While the West focuses on China, the current leader of India will be influencing the education, lives, and direction of more than one in seven people who live in this world. Modi, a member of the Bharitiya Janata Party who became the 15th Prime Minister of India last May, is a leader with unprecedented potential to influence the future of the world.
The fact that Narendra Modi is poised to be one of the most influential world figures would have been inconceivable a little more than a decade ago. Modi got his start in Indian politics as the Chief Minister of the Gujarat province.
Modi who convinced a country of more than a billion that he is the man best fit to serve as Prime Minister. Modi does not have an easy job ahead of him. Competition with China, strained relationships with the United States and Pakistan, slow GDP growth, strained infrastructure, and failing domestic obstacles like hunger, education, and job growth stand in his way. His landslide victory in the May elections was built on a promise of economic growth for the Indian people. Modi describes himself as pro-business and growth, and he plans on fulfilling his promises. If Narendra Modi can successfully navigate even a few of these roadblocks, he will be hailed as a hero at home and abroad.
It’s quite evident from his travel diary that he has already visited many countries in the interest of mutual development of nations and bringing momentum to India’s progress. Recently he visited US in September for fostering bilateral cooperation between the US and India. There he met Tulsi Gabbard who is the first Hindu Congresswoman in the House of Representatives. He was given a grand welcome by her and Modi was also thrilled to meet her. Gabbard presented a ginger flower garland and gifted a copy of Bhagavad Gita. After the meeting Tulsi Gabbard, the congresswoman described that she has special affection for India and its people and soon she will be visiting India and she recently got married to Abraham. See more .
Tulsi has maintained such a perfect balance between her social service, relationship and his legislature duties which is just tremendous and no doubt Tulsi, the representative from Hawaii is a great inspiration to the whole youth generation.
It seems that Modi has already started to shift public opinion. His dress caught the eye of the American media, which this summer declared him a “fashion icon.” Additionally, he has adapted to our social world with verified Facebook (more than 25 million likes), Twitter (more than 8 million followers), and Instagram (with only thousands of followers) accounts—both of which have helped Modi gain popularity with youth. To top it off, Modi has met with US President Barack Obama at the Whitehouse with plans for President Obama to travel to India on its Republic Day this January. This move is not only significant because President Obama will be the only president to visit India more than once, but it is also a show of symbolic solidarity with India on their founding holiday. Modi is becoming a major player.
If you are not on the Narendra Modi bandwagon, now is the time to hop aboard. As leader of the World’s largest democracy, Modi and intelligent Tulsi are perhaps the biggest global influence of this generation. They both more than any other current world leaders, has the power to change the future for billions around the world.
Those content to sit back and watch the United States and China vie for leadership in the world are going to miss the next big wave crashing in Narendra Modi.
Born on 17th September 1950, Narendra Damodardas Modi, is the 15th incumbent Prime Minster of the Republic of India. Known for his humble start as a tea vendor, he aligned himself with politics at the age of eight, when he became a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, better known as RSS, which is a political party in favor of Hindus. He quickly escalated to the state politics and became the Chief Minister of the Indian state of Gujarat on 7th October 2001.
Facing widespread criticism in the start and being accused of being pro-Hindu, he was clever enough and managed the office perfectly, developing the otherwise moderately developed state of Gujarat into one which has world-class amenities and infrastructure now. He continued as the Chief Minister of Gujarat for four consecutive terms and gained worldwide recognition for his key strategies and ideas. The political party he is associated with, BJP, was impressed by his skills and declared him as the face of 2014 Prime Ministerial elections scheduled to be held in April 2014.
With a great goodwill and hype generated and cleverly planned campaigns that followed, Narendra Modi had a clean sweep and massive victory as his party won much more than the required majority. Modi took charge as the Prime Minister of India on 26th May 2014 and his swearing in ceremony was attended by delegates from all over the world and the crowd also included India’s nuclear neighbor and rival, Pakistan’s Prime Minister, which had never happened in India before.
Modi is known for his well-designed foreign policies and as a Prime Minister, has been on several official visits to different countries, strengthening the political ties of India with several countries. As a Prime Minister, he has visited the countries of Bhutan, Brazil, Nepal, Japan, United States, Myanmar, Australia and Fiji, where he has received a warm welcome and his visits being greatly applauded by the countries.
He made the foreign policy of India a Neighborhood First Policy, which laid emphasis on improving the ties with the immediate neighbors of India. He also facilitated Project Mausam, which means season or weather in Hindi, and is focused on improving the maritime cooperation in the Indian Ocean Region. Also in the pipeline were projects such as creation of a new forum for cooperation among India-Pacific Islands to improve on the ties between various countries and also a policy of Fast-Track Diplomacy, which laid emphasis on carrying forward the high profile leads and visits to India for further development.
Barack Obama, the President of USA, termed Modi as a “Man of Action”, and their meeting received widespread media coverage. The Hawaiian representative Tulsi Gabbard also had a short meeting and a friendly reception with Prime MInister Modi. They both, Tulsi and Modi shared serious topics about India and US progress and mutual relationships bottlenecks.
Similarly, he kick started several projects in India, such as the cleaning of River Ganga, which is considered to be holy by the local populace. The whole of India has pinned their hopes on Modi and are of the hope that Modi would take India forward tremendously!