It is well known that the Indian PM is an industrious man. Here are five interesting things about Modi’s work ethic:
The value of hard work
Modi’s biography on the website narendramodi.in describes how his experiences in childhood shaped his personality: Modi “grew up in a poor but loving family ‘without a spare rupee’. The initial hardships of life not only taught (him) the value of hard work, but also exposed him to the avoidable sufferings of the common people”. In 2014, Modi criticized the erstwhile Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, saying that hard work, rather than a Harvard education was needed to run the economy, a report said. (The report added that Chidambaram responded to the comment in a speech, saying that both his mother and Harvard had taught him the value of hard work.)
Modi is a man with “endless energy,” a government official is quoted as saying to the media. While defending himself from criticism of his frequent travels, the PM himself said at a community reception in Shanghai that he worked tirelessly and that he would persist in doing so even if it were a crime, a 2015 report said. During a 2012 Google+ Hangout, Modi – who was then the Chief Minister of Gujarat – told G+ users that he had a daily practice of yoga and pranayam to thank for his energy, and that he took deep breaths to reinvigorate himself whenever he felt tired.
Awake longer than the POTUS
A report said that when US President Barack Obama visited India in 2015, he told reporters, “it turns out that Modi is getting even less sleep than me. But, of course that’s because he is still new. After he’s been doing this for about six years may be he will be able to get an extra hour.” So how many hours of sleep does the PM get? Modi himself answered the question during the 2012 Hangout, and said that while he only slept for 3.5 to 4 hours a night, he always slept soundly, and had little trouble falling asleep or waking up on time.
While travelling, the PM tries to sleeps in his plane rather than in hotel rooms. It is this habit that allows Modi to jam-pack his tours with stops in multiple countries. A government official said that the PM only spends the night in a hotel if “there is an engagement scheduled the next day.”
If Modi sets high standards for himself, he is said to be equally demanding of his colleagues. In an article titled “Sleepless in Delhi: Modi team wakes up to six-to-midnight torment”, the Telegraph reported in 2014 that Modi’s work day began at 6 am and ended at midnight, and that the “unspoken diktat” was that everybody else – officials, ministers and junior ministers – keep pace with their boss. While Nitin Gadkari, Venkaiah Naidu, Smriti Irani, and Nirmala Sitharaman had little trouble adapting, others were “reeling” and struggling to cope, the report said.