It was during his early phase in the RSS in the 1970s that Narendra Modi started getting drawn to someone who may have had the greatest influence on his life-RSS pracharak Lakshmanrao Inamdar. One anecdote of how Modi endeared himself to Inamdar is particularly interesting. Inamdar had asked him to keep a bundle of notes worth Rs 50,000 during a three-day RSS camp in a remote area in north Gujarat. Not sure how to protect the money, Modi dug a pit at a spot where the RSS leaders used to sit during the day and buried the bag of money there. On the fourth morning, when Modi pulled out the money from the pit in Inamdar’s presence, his mentor was wonderstruck.
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