Narendra Damodardas Modi: The Making of a Legend, stands out from the scores of books written on Narendra Modi due to quality of its content and production
Shri Narendra Damodardas Modi, Prime Minister of India, is a man of destiny—one among the rare few who shape the history of nations and mankind with their distinctive vision and charisma. He perfectly embodies Thomas Edison’s celebrated concept of genius being “one percent inspiration and ninetynine percent perspiration.” He is blessed with a great intellect, but what makes him truly outstanding is his rich range of experiences and deep knowledge that he has acquired through sheer hard work in the course of his astonishing life journey.
It was the vision of Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, renowned Sociologist and Founder of Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reform Movement, to chronicle the life and times of Shri Narendra Modi in a manner that would motivate the coming generations. For this, he built and led a dedicated team—comprising Colonel (Retd.) Jaibans Singh and several assisting reasearchers, writers, designers, publishers and producers—which worked hard and with utmost dedication to produce the pictorial biography Narendra Damodardas Modi: The Making of a Legend.
Volumes have been written about almost all aspects of Shri Narendra Modi’s life and times. A mere repetition of the same was not the purpose of this biography which aimed to present a more comprehensive and authentic life story of the man who has become a legend in his own time. Thus, this pictorial biography presents an inspiring and compelling account of Shri Narendra Modi from his early days to the present, bringing alive his early initiation as a Swayamsevak dedicated to the nation, his rise as a popular leader and his acceptance of political responsibilities as part of the Bharatiya Janata Party, his selfless and dedicated service as Chief Minister of Gujarat, and finally, his amazing emergence as Prime Minister of India and a charismatic world leader who is rewriting the history of India and humanity through his inspiring vision and commitment. Of course, being one of longest serving chief minister of Gujarat and then being the most powerful Prime Minister, the country has ever had, major part of the book is devoted to his electoral journey and then his actions as Prime Minister and its impact on India as well on the world politics and economy. But, what makes the book stand out from innumerable books written on Modi during past 3-4 years, is the quality – both of its content as well as production.
The book has some memorable and rare photographs of Mr Modi – right from his childhood days to being the Prime Minister of India. These include his photos as a NCC cadet in the school, taking part in a school play, in RSS uniform, disguised as a Sikh during emergency and with his mentor Laxmanrao Inamdar. There are also glimpses of his political journey – being part of Ekta Yatra taken out by then BJP chief Murli Manohar Joshi to unfurl the national flag at Lal Chowk in Srinagar, to being constant companion of then BJP chief Lal Krishna Advani during the Swarna Jayati Yatra.
It carries excerpts of some speeches made by Mr Modi from time to time, especially on some special occasions like his first address as Prime Minister from the ramparts of the Red Fort on Independence Day on August 15, 2014. The book also has excerpts of the comments made by world leaders about Modi. Therse include former US president Barack Obama, General Secretary of United Nations Ban Ki Moon, German chancellor Angela Merkel, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. His popularlity among all sections of the society across the world is reflected in the effusive remarks made by business leaders like Mark Zukerberg, CEO of Facebook, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Ratan Tata, chairman of Tata Sons.
The book succinctly depicts Mr Modi’s journey from being a humble volunteer of the RSS to becoming one of the most powerful politician in the world. It carries in quite a detail, various schemes announced by Mr Modi after taking over as Prime Minister and how they have been changing the face of India and its people. Be it his Swachh Bharat Mission, Skill India, Make in India or even the International Day, the book not only informs us about the schemes but also about how they have been impacting the country.
To some this book might bring in a nostalgia while to many others, it would open doors to little known information about the man who is likely to change the country’s destiny. The book carries details and pictures of Mr Modi’s visit to Sulabh complex in Delhi where he showed keen interest in the work being undertaken by Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, the founder of Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reform Movement. Above all, Shri Narendra Modi’s life provides us a story that extols the virtues of hard work, patience, humility, a will to learn and, most importantly, a desire to give back to society what has been learnt from personal struggle, and this biography brilliantly captures this extraordinary story. That honest hard work `always brings glory to self as well as society is the culminating message of this colourful biography of Shri Narendra Modi.
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