Uday Mahurkar is a Senior Editor with India Today magazine and a political analyst. Based in Ahmedabad, he has covered Gujarat for the magazine right since 1987. An amateur historian with a good grasp on medieval history including Mughal, Rajput, Maratha, and British periods, Uday has seen the rise of the political phemenon called Narendra Modi from the day he entered BJP from the RSS in 1986–87 and was the first to predict Modi’s present rise and transformation as a nation-wide developmental icon in 2007. Over the years, he has studied Modi’s development vision and programmes in detail and at a close range. An alumni of the Department of Indian History and Archaeology of the Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, Uday is also a very keen researcher on radical Islamic movements and their rise in South Asia, and has deep interest in national security issues.