Prediction (in 2002) was God had PM’s position in store: Narendra Modi in new book

What PM told British author about his destiny, being tech-savvy and his sense of style.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: March 17, 2015 9:16 am
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In 2002, writes British journalist and author Lance Price, Narendra Modi asked an astrologer why nobody had predicted he would become Gujarat CM. “She responded by saying that her prediction was that God had the PM’s position in store for the future,” Modi is quoted as saying in Price’s new book, The Modi Effect: Inside Narendra Modi’s Campaign to Transform India, published by Hodder & Stoughton.

“Basically, we have a belief in our religion, Maro Bhagya Vidhata, which means, I am putting myself at the disposition for what God has in store for me. If this is the case, why be afraid?” Modi says.

Price, who served in Tony Blair’s campaign team from 1998 to 2000 and was the Labour Party’s communications director till 2001, interviewed Modi and his campaign team several times since July 2014. He says his book “lifts the lid on a whole new box of tricks” and describes Modi’s “clandestine team” as one where “message-management and IT wizardry combined to create a vote-winning colossus of awesome potency”.

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Price notes how Modi prefers to talk about himself in the third person and puts himself clearly as the person who won 2014 for the party. “People wanted clarity about who the leading person will be and I was seeing this question being asked in every meeting I attended and was hearing vociferous chants of ‘Give us a trusted name not a party name’.” Modi adds, “In all corners of the country… they believed Modi was the only hope and wanted to see him win.”

Price notes that when Modi “does self effacing, he is at his least convincing”.

Modi tells Price of his daily routine: “I am up daily by 5 am and I do not need any time to settle before I am online checking my messages. It’s a mechanical process to reach out for my iPad within the first four or five minutes that I wake… honestly, I never take breaks and I never really switch off.”

He adds, “I was seen as very tech-savvy from the early days and was the first to use a digital camera in the 1999 elections.
“Another example of my forward thinking relevant to the technology world is my prediction around WhatsApp. When WhatsApp had just started, and long before it had become popular, I was telling my people to start using this as a means for communication as it would be a major messaging platform in the days to come.”

On personal safety, Modi is quoted as saying; “I believe your life is pre-decided, so why worry?” Asked if his answers would have been different had he been a family man and had a wife and children, Price writes it was the first time he was “lost for words”. “Perhaps I have never had them so how can I know? (and after a long pause) But I have a mother. I have brothers.”

On Arvind Kejriwal, he says, “My silence is my strength. Narendra Modi knows the strength of silence. You should know that in the grand scheme of things, Kejriwal was nothing but a small single city leader. He was getting far more coverage than he deserved as compared to other more established opposition party leaders. So why spend time even ignoring someone?”

On being complimented by the author on his sartorial sense, Modi acknowledges, “Yes, I like to dress up well and stay clean. God has gifted me the sense of mixing and matching colours. So I manage everything on my own. Since I am God-gifted I fit well in everything. I have no fashion designer, but I’m happy to hear that I dress well.”

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    Abhilash kumar
    Mar 17, 2015 at 2:41 am
    This shows the lack of scientific temperament in our politicians
    1. L
      Mar 17, 2015 at 12:51 pm
      And them came an Indian trickster. British masters are getting jealous
      1. C
        Mar 17, 2015 at 11:12 am
        mODIJI IS HARDWORKING HUMAN MACHINE,WE ARE LUCKY TO GET A PM LIKE HIM,who have no other desires then serving for the country.
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          Mahan Murphy
          Mar 17, 2015 at 6:03 am
          @Abhilash Kumar -- What is scientific temperament. Destiny is spiritual and science did not yet explore it so it will not comment on that. Body is cremated or buried but what is it that gave this body a life and where as it gone like the air from a balloon. Only age and experience and certain incidents that happen in each individual's life one starts believing in God. One also believes in God or supernatural when he is helpless. Science and God are not opposite they are complimentary.
          1. Mallikarjun Iyyer
            Mar 17, 2015 at 10:28 am
            price u englishmen have a skewed analytic bent of mind. when obama wins it is hoopla of how the information technology was put to 'best' use in "an democratic election campaign". When an Indian does use of the same tools, westerners brush color changes it "tools" become "trick". Funny and surprising. Perhaps only if you would have gauged the moments being in India during election would you have u/s the mood of the nation, democracy older than any nation in the world. Is it not the englishmen who destro the panchayat system(indian democracy) in india. Is it not the englishmen who divided this beautiful country and its lifestyle governed by weather and prinls to achieve its own stupid aims which has come to haunt the w world as climate change and sustainability and poverty alleviation that you r driving through the UN. Write befor you think. What the world needs is not to address climate change but the above.
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