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India's PM attends a welcoming ceremony in Beijing
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) and Chinese Premier Li Kiqiang attend a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 15, 2015. Modi is on a three-day visit to China as the two countries seek to boost economic ties. The leaders of the world's two most populous countries are expected to sign deals worth billions of dollars, despite continuing territorial disputes. Photo by Stephen Shaver/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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