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Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi is India's next prime minister who will be sworn on 26 May 2014. He's been leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and since 2001 a chief minister of the western state of Gujarat. He is regarded to be a dynamic and efficient politician who has helped to make his state an economic powerhouse. Providing economic prosperity and gaining a reputation of an excellent administrator who is corruption free has helped him to be re-elected three times as a chief minister (2002, 2007 and 2012).

Even though he has lot of fans and supporters, his haters are also numerous. He was accused of doing little to stop the 2002 religious riots when more than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed - allegations he has consistently denied. Soon after that he became an international pariah - the US denied him visas and the UK cut off all ties with him. But a decade later, the controversial politician has been reintegrated into the political mainstream.

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