Vadnagar: It's Day 4 of CNN-IBN's Gujarat yatra and CNN-IBN heads to Vadnagar, which is the hometown of Chief Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi. The town, which boasts of a rich history, is completely sold on the idea of Modi and finding a detractor there is next to impossible.
In the narrow bylanes it isn't hard to locate the house where the family, from the low Ghanchi caste, lived. The house has been sold, it's new owners have given it more than a fresh coat of paint, adding a floor, making it more comfortable, though slightly uneasy about its previous owners.
The third of seven children, Narendra Modi, helped his father Damodardas Mulchand Modi run a tea shop at the Vadnagar railway station, while mother Heeraben worked in an oil mill. Childhood wasn't easy and brother Prahlad believes it's during this tough period that elder brother Narendra may have developed his absolute approach. "Narendra Modi faced hardships in his early life, he had to sell tea and pakoras. His views probably hardened at that time," Prahlad Modi said.
The Bhagavatacharya Narayanacharya High School, where Modi studied is shut today, but teacher Prahlad Patel, who taught him Sanskrit and Gujarati remembers the slightly above average student, who took part in debates. "I wasn't sure what he would be when he grew up, but I knew he was unusual," Prahlad Patel said....more
08:58 AM, Dec 06, 2012