Narendra Modi Quotes : Narendra Damodardas Modi was born on 17 September 1950 in the town of Vadnagar in India, the son of a street merchant. He is the 14th and current Prime Minister of India, in office since 26 May 2014. Modi, a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, was the Chief Minister of Gujarat from 2001 to 2014 and is the Member of Parliament from Varanasi. Narendra Modi is best known for rising from humble beginnings to become prime minister of India. Forbes Magazine ranked him the 15th-most-powerful person in the world in 2014 and the 9th-most-powerful person in the world in 2015.