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

Birthday: September 17, 1950

Place of birth: Vadnagar, Gujarat, India

Birth name: Narendra Damodardas Modi

Father: Damodardas Modi

Mom: Hiraba “Heeraben” Modi

Marriage: Jashodaben (Chimanlal) Modi (1968-present, divorced)

Education: Delhi University, BA, 1978; University of Gujarat, MA, 1983

Religion: Hindu

Left home in his late teens to travel to India, staying in ashrams and hiking in the Himalayas.

First prime minister born in independent India.

October 3, 1972 – Joined the Hindu nationalist organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

June 1975 – Prime Minister Indira Gandhi imposed a period of emergency as she faced a political crisis. Civil liberties are restricted, the media is censored, and protesters are arrested. Modi has been involved in the movement to restore those rights.

1987 – Entered mainstream politics and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as the organizational secretary of the Gujarat unit in western India.

October 3, 1995 – Becomes national secretary of BJP.

January 5, 1998 – Promoted to become national general secretary of BJP.

October 2001 – Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee named Modi the chief minister of Gujarat.

February 2002 – At least 58 people died in a fire on board a train carrying Hindu pilgrims. The train stopped briefly at a station in Gujarat where the local population is majority-Muslim. The Gujarat Government will find that the fire was deliberately set, part of a pre-planned attack, and that those responsible were Muslim. Riots broke out in the days after the fire and Modi was accused of condoning violent protests that killed around 1,000 people, mostly Muslims.

2005 – The United States refused to issue a diplomatic visa to Modi for his alleged role in the 2002 riots.

June 2013 – Modi was elected as the leader of the BJP and campaigns for the 2014 general elections.

May 20, 2014 – The BJP won the general election and Modi was appointed prime minister.

May 26, 2014 – Taking oath of office as prime minister.

September 27-30, 2014 – Modi made his first visit to the United States as prime minister and met President Barack Obama.

December 8, 2014 – Modi won a Time magazine reader’s poll person of the year.

January 25-27, 2015 – Obama became the first sitting US president to visit India twice. During the three-day visit, Obama and Modi negotiated a civil nuclear deal, a 10-year defense cooperation agreement between the two countries.

December 25, 2015 – Modi visited Pakistan and held a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. This is the first time an Indian prime minister has visited Pakistan in nearly 12 years.

June 8, 2016 – Addressing a joint session of the US Congress, Modi spoke about the continued growth of US-India relations.

June 26, 2017 – Met US President Donald Trump for the first time at the White House.

July 4, 2017 – Became the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel, arriving in Tel Aviv as part of a three-day visit to mark 25 years of diplomatic relations between India and Israel.

August 15, 2018 – In his Independence Day speech to the country, Modi announced that India will launch its first manned mission into space in 2022.

May 23, 2019 – In a landslide victory, the BJP won 303 seats in the general elections.

May 30, 2019 – Sworn in for second term as prime minister of India.

August 5, 2019 – Tensions between India and Pakistan rose after Modi announced that India would withdraw a constitutional provision that gave the state of Jammu and Kashmir autonomy to set its own laws. In the wake of the announcement, a widespread loss of communications was reported in the Muslim-majority region.

August 8, 2019 – Modi delivered a televised address in which he claimed that restoring Kashmir’s autonomous status would promote stability, reduce corruption and boost the economy. Pakistan’s foreign minister said the country would remain vigilant, but no military options were being considered. The United Nations issued a statement calling on the two countries to resolve the issue peacefully while respecting human rights in the region.

December 11, 2019 – Parliament has passed a controversial bill that would speed up citizenship for religious minorities including Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians, from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Opposition parties say the bill is unconstitutional because it bases citizenship on a person’s religion and will further alienate India’s Muslim community. Modi expressed his support for the proposal via Twitter, saying, “This Bill will alleviate the suffering of many who have faced persecution for years.”

December 19, 2019 – Deadly protests erupted in at least 15 cities against the citizenship law, despite a ban on public gatherings in some areas. At least three people died amid the violence, while thousands participated in demonstrations.

December 22, 2019 – Modi delivers a speech railing against the protests. “You see how these people push their own interests,” he said. “The statements given, the false videos, incitement, people sitting at high levels have committed the crime of spreading confusion and fire by putting it on social media.”

September 3, 2020 – Modi’s Twitter account appears to have been hacked, prompting an investigation by the social media company. The account, which has 2.5 million followers, is one of the few verified accounts connected to the prime minister. The apparent hack comes more than a month after a massive hack resulted in some of the platform’s most prominent accounts — including those tied to Obama, Joe Biden and Elon Musk — being compromised.

July 7, 2021 – Modi has sacked 12 members of his cabinet, including the federal ministers for health and law, as he faces intense criticism over the government’s alleged mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic.

November 19, 2021 – Modi said he would repeal three controversial agriculture laws that have sparked more than a year of protests, in a rare outburst ahead of crucial state elections.

December 12, 2021 – Modi’s Twitter handle was “very easily compromised,” his office said, when a tweet was sent from the Indian Prime Minister’s account saying his country had adopted Bitcoin and would distribute the cryptocurrency.