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Narendra Modi Takes Oath As India’s Prime Minister For The Third Consecutive Term

Mumbai: In a historic ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Sunday, Narendra Modi took the oath of office as Prime Minister of India for his third consecutive term. The oath was administered by President Droupadi Murmu, followed by the swearing-in of other members of Modi’s ministerial team.

Modi, donning a full-sleeved white kurta with churidar and a blue half-jacket, was joined by dignitaries from India’s neighboring countries and the Indian Ocean region. Among the attendees were Nepal’s Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe, Bhutan’s Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu, Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth, Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and Seychelles Vice President Ahmed Afif.

Narendra Modi’s illustrious political career includes two previous terms as Prime Minister, beginning in 2014, and a record stint as the longest-serving Chief Minister of Gujarat from October 2001 to May 2014. His tenure as Prime Minister has been characterized by significant initiatives aimed at development and corruption-free governance, underpinned by the motto ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas’ (Together with all, Development for all, Trust of all).

Key initiatives during Modi’s leadership include:

Ayushman Bharat: A health scheme providing insurance coverage to millions of Indians.

Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana: Financial inclusion program ensuring access to financial services.

Housing for All: Ambitious project to provide affordable housing.

Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Man Dhan Yojana: Pension scheme for unorganized workers.

Ujjwala Yojana: Providing free LPG connections to women from BPL households.

PM Kisan Samman Nidhi: Income support scheme for farmers.

UDAN: Regional airport development and connectivity scheme.

Make in India: Initiative to boost manufacturing in India.

The implementation of the JAM trinity (Jan Dhan- Aadhaar- Mobile) has been pivotal in eliminating middlemen and ensuring transparency, powered by technology.

One of Modi’s landmark achievements in his first term was the launch of the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ on Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, a nationwide cleanliness drive. He also initiated PRAGATI (Pro-Active Governance And Timely Implementation) to expedite pending projects.

Modi’s commitment to environmental causes earned him the United Nations ‘Champions of the Earth Award’. His foreign policy efforts have elevated India’s global stature, exemplified by inviting SAARC leaders to his first swearing-in and BIMSTEC leaders to his second. He has received numerous international honors, including Saudi Arabia’s highest civilian honor, the Sash of King Abdulaziz.

One of Modi’s notable contributions to global culture is his successful campaign to establish the ‘International Day of Yoga’ on June 21, recognized by 177 UN member countries.

Born on September 17, 1950, in a small town in Gujarat, Modi hails from the ‘other backward class’, one of India’s marginalized communities. His early years were spent with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh before he fully immersed himself in politics with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Known for his strong connection with the public and his tech-savvy approach, Modi has authored several books, including poetry, and begins his day with yoga.

Leading the BJP-led NDA coalition to a third consecutive victory in the recent Lok Sabha elections, Modi’s government, with 292 seats in Parliament, is set on the path of making India a developed nation by 2047.

As Modi embarks on his third term, his leadership continues to be marked by his vision for development, commitment to good governance, and efforts to enhance India’s position on the global stage.

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