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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets with Speaker Ryan
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) prior to addressing Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on June 8, 2016. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
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Narendra Damodardas Modi (Gujarati: નરેન્દ્ર દામોદરદાસ મોદી, pronounced ; born 17 September 1950) is the current Chief Minister of the Indian state of Gujarat.

Born in a middle class family in Vadnagar, a member of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh since childhood, and an active politician since early in life having a masters degree in political science. In 1998, he was chosen by the leader of the BJP, L K Advani to direct the election campaign in Gujarat as well as Himachal Pradesh.

He became Gujarat's Chief Minister in October 2001, promoted to the office at a time when his predecessor Keshubhai Patel had resigned, following the defeat of BJP in the by-elections.

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