Politics Lok Sabha election results 2019: Modi has raised the bar for how a politician should work Updated : May 25, 2019 02:57 PM IST Modi began his political rise as a teenager in Gujarat, joining Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, which modelled itself in the 1930s after fascist Italy. Speaking at rallies, Modi built a reputation as a powerful orator and political strategist, and in the late 1980s was tapped as a general secretary of the BJP in Gujarat. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.