Asian of the Year 2014: A timeline of Modi's life

Sept 17, 1950

Born to Hiraba and Damodardas Modi in Vadnagar, Gujarat.

June 3, 1967

Leaves home and travels across India as a wanderer.

Oct 3, 1972

Joins the militant Hindu outfit Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). 

June 3, 1987

Joins the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the political front of RSS.

Nov 25, 1995

Modi moves to New Delhi as national secretary. Given charge of several north Indian states.

Oct 7, 2001

Modi is sworn in as the chief minister of Gujarat for the first time.

February, 2002

Hindu mobs in Gujarat blaming Muslims for the burning of a train carrying Hindu pilgrims on Feb 27, go on the rampage, looting and killing. More than 1,100 die during days of violence.

Dec 1, 2002

Takes office as chief minister for the second time after leading the BJP to victory in Gujarat state polls.

March 18, 2005

US denies Modi a diplomatic visa, holding him responsible for the 2002 Gujarat riots. An earlier tourist/business visa is also revoked under the US Immigration and Nationality Act. 

Dec 25, 2007

Modi is sworn-in as chief minister for the 3rd time after state polls.

Sept 12, 2011

Supreme Court rejects case linking Modi to the 2002 riots in Gujarat. He tweets ‘God is Great’

Dec 26, 2012

Modi sworn in as chief minister of Gujarat for the fourth time.

Jan 7, 2013

European Union ambassadors meet Modi over lunch in Gujarat, ending a decade-old EU boycott over the 2002 riots

June 9, 2013

Modi is named BJP campaign committee chief for 2014 national elections.

Sept 13, 2013

BJP declares Modi is the prime ministerial candidate of the party for the 2014 general elections.

May 16, 2014

The BJP romps to a landslide victory in the election, winning 282 of the 543 seats. Rival Congress wins just 44 seats.

May 16, 2014

US President Barack Obama reverses a nine-year US visa ban on Modi, congratulates him on his party's victory and invites him to visit the US.

May 20, 2014

Modi is sworn in as the 15th Prime Minister of India. Regional leaders are invited for the swearing-in ceremony.

Sept 27, 2014

Modi addresses the United Nations General Assembly.

Sept 30, 2014:

Meets US President Barack Obama at the White House. Both leaders agree to push the bilateral relationship to "new levels".