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Happy Birthday PM Modi: From 1972 to 2020; take a look at key events from Narendra Modi’s life

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 17 September 2020, 10:40 IST

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrates his 70th birthday, greetings poured in from leaders across India and the world.

On the occasion of PM Modi's birthday, BJP has organised several events across the country to celebrate. The party will also observe 'Seva Saptah', a week long event which began on 14th September that will be dedicated to pray for long life and good health of the prime minister.

Here are some of the events from PM Modi's course of life:

* 3rd October, 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.

* 3rd October, 1995 - Becomes the national secretary of the BJP.

* 5th January, 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.

* 20th May, 2014 - The BJP wins the general election and Modi is appointed prime minister.

* 26th May, 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.

* December 25, 2015 - PM Modi visits Pakistan and meets with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. It is the first time an Indian prime minister has visited Pakistan in almost 12 years.

* 8th June, 2016 - Addressing a joint session of the US Congress, PM Modi talks about the continuing growth of US-India ties.

* 26th June, 2017 - Meets US President Donald Trump for the first time at the White House.

* 4th July, 2017 - He becomes 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.

* 15th August, 2018 - During his Independence Day speech to the nation, PM Modi announces India will launch its first manned mission to space by 2022.

* 23rd May, 2019 - In a landslide victory, the BJP wins 303 seats in the general election.

* 30th May, 2019 - Sworn in for a second term as India's prime minister.

* 5th August, 2019 - Tensions between India and Pakistan increase after Modi announces that India will revoke a constitutional provision giving the state of Jammu and Kashmir autonomy to set its own laws. In the wake of the announcement, widespread communications blackouts are reported in the Muslim-majority region.

* 8th August, 2019 - PM Modi gives a televised address in which he claims that revoking Kashmir's autonomous status will promote stability, reduce corruption and boost the economy. Pakistan's foreign minister says the country will remain vigilant, but no military options are being considered. The United Nations issues a statement calling on both countries to resolve the issue peacefully while respecting human rights in the region.

* 11th December, 2019 - Parliament passes a controversial bill that will fast-track citizenship for religious minorities including Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians, from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Opposition parties say the bill is unconstitutional as it bases citizenship on a person's religion and would further marginalize India's Muslim community. Modi expresses his support for the measure via Twitter, saying, "This Bill will alleviate the suffering of many who faced persecution for years."

* 19th December, 2019 - Deadly protests break out in at least 15 cities against the citizenship law (CAA), despite bans on public gatherings in several areas. At least three people have died amid the violence, as thousands participated in protests.

* 22nd December, 2019 - PM Modi gives a speech railing against the protests. "You have seen how these people are pushing their own interests," he says. "The statements given, the false videos, inciting, people sitting at a high level have committed the crime of spreading confusion and fire by putting it on social media."

* 3rd September, 2020 - PM Modi's Twitter account appeared to have been hacked, prompting an investigation by the social media company. The account, which has 2.5 million followers, is one of a handful of verified accounts connected to the prime minister. The apparent hack comes more than a month after a massive hack that resulted in some of the most prominent accounts on the platform including those tied to Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Elon Musk etc.

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First published: 17 September 2020, 10:40 IST