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Born on September 17, 1950, Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of India in 2014, and even with scandal in his campaign, like his abandoning wife and his lack of effort to end violent hate crimes and protests, Modi has tried to lead an effective political career with the building of "Make in India," to promote Indian manufacturing, and "Smart Cities," in an attempt to urbanize India's cities. These are a part of his "Startup India" campaign, and his followers are tired of India being seen as anti-colonial and want to modernize India.
Mahatma Gandhi is a pacifist religious leader of India in the early 1900's. Gandhi was very anti-colonial, proud of his traditional Indian culture. He was also strongly against violence and protested using peace marches and fasting protests against the Caste system and the English powers ruling over India.
How are they alike? And how does Modi's party vision align with Gandhi's Nonsectarian India? They are not alike. Modi is an Indian Imperialist, who believes into power of economy. He is focused on restoring India's economic and political presence in the face of other countries, as opposed to ending discrimination and conflict within India. When asked about the Gujarat Massacre on Muslims in 2005, he had little remorse and walked out of the interview. Some politicions like Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal, follow Gandhi's method to protest against Modi's lack of care towards violence in the country. This violence is built up from the legacy of Hinduism, which Modi pays little mind to, even refusing to enter some Hindu Sacred Sites.
Now with Modi winning the Time magazine's 2016 person of the year and even an endorsement for president Obama, many have questioned weather he is deserving of these rewards. He is helping India and hurting it in different ways than Gandhi. Weather you like him or not, he takes a different approach to Governing than Gandhi and does not follow Gandhi's vision. One followed a religious path, protesting violence, and embracing Indian tradition, the other is more focused on the government, but even he cant stop violent hate crimes on muslims and economic depression.