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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi stops in Vancouver and Surrey during the last day of his three day visit to Canada
Several groups of protesters demonstrated against India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the Ross Street Sikh Temple in Vancouver, British Columbia, April 16, 2015. The last Indian Prime Minister to visit Canada 42-years-ago was Indira Gandhi in 1973. UPI/Heinz Ruckemann
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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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