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Narendra Modi - Born To Lead

India’s Prime Minister sets the rules and follows them

10/31/2014 12:51:49 PM
written By : Ashali Varma Print

He came from a poor family - one of six siblings - and helpedhis father sell tea at a railway station. So the natural question in everyone’s mind is: “How did Narendra Modi rise to be the Prime Minister of the largest democracy in the world?” And “What was so special about him that he stood out among all the siblings?”

From those who know him and others who have met him for various reasons, one gets the impression he is highly intelligent; grasps issues easily; and has always been focused and committed to doing well whatever job he gets. 

He achieves all this by setting an example himself, whether it is sweeping a slum in Delhi for his Clean India campaign or working 18 hours a day. And by sheer persistence he gets things done and motivates others to work as hard to get results. He has an innate brilliance that helps him to connect with people from all walks of life; children, business men, heads of state and the poor. Perhaps it was this or more likely his vision from an early age that he wanted to serve the country that made him break from tradition and turn away from an early arranged marriage and leave home to explore the Himalayas and India.  He had the courage and conviction to go against his parents’ wishes and tell them that in the path that he had chosen for himself - service to the country - he did not want the encumbrances of family responsibilities. 

So today he leads India, a practising bachelor who keeps a distance from family members in a country that has for years been ruled by dynastic politics and the selfish motives that arise when leaders want their children to inherit their positions of power even when it is amply clear that the offspring is far from capable and would be a disaster if he/she were to lead a country.

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