Narendra Modi Fast Facts

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks at the public rally at Brigade ground on April 3, 2019, in Kolkata, India. (Photo by Atul Loke/Getty Images)

(CNN)Here is a look at the life of Narendra Modi, prime minister of India.


Birth date: September 17, 1950
Birth place: Vadnagar, Gujarat, India
Birth name: Narendra Damodardas Modi
Father: Damodardas Modi
Mother: Hiraba "Heeraben" Modi
Marriage: Jashodaben (Chimanlal) Modi (1968-present, separated)
Education: Delhi University, B.A., 1978; Gujarat University, M.A., 1983
Religion: Hindu

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Left home in his late teens to travel India, stay in ashrams and wander the Himalayas.
First prime minister born in independent India.


October 3, 1972 - Joins the Hindu nationalist organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
June 1975 - Prime Minister Indira Gandhi imposes a period of emergency as she faces a political crisis. Civil liberties are restricted, media is censored, and protesters are arrested. Modi becomes involved in the movement to restore those rights.
1987 - Enters mainstream politics and joins the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as organization secretary of the Gujarat unit in western India.
October 3, 1995 - Becomes the national secretary of the BJP.
January 5, 1998 - Is promoted to become the national general secretary of BJP.
October 2001 - Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee names him chief minister of Gujarat.
February 2002 - At least 58 people die in a fire on board a train carrying Hindu pilgrims. The train had stopped briefly at a station in Gujarat where the local population was majority-Muslim. The Gujarat Government would later find that the fire was intentionally set, part of a pre-planned attack, and that those responsible were Muslim. Riots erupt in the days following the fire and Modi is accused of condoning the violent protests that kill approximately 1,000 people, mostly Muslims.
2005 - The United States declines to issue a diplomatic visa to Modi for his suspected role in the 2002 riots.
June 2013 - Modi is chosen as the BJP party leader and campaigns for the 2014 general elections.
May 20, 2014 - The BJP wins the general election and Modi is appointed prime minister.
May 26, 2014 - Takes the oath of office as prime minister.
September 27-30, 2014 - Modi makes his first visit to the United States as prime minister and meets with President Barack Obama.
December 8, 2014 - Modi wins a Time magazine reader's poll person of the year.
January 25-27, 2015 - Obama becomes the first sitting US president to visit India twice. During the three-day visit, Obama and Modi negotiate a civil nuclear deal, a ten-year defense cooperation agreement between the two countries.