Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a former Prime Minister of India whose name will always be remembered for his contributions to the success of the democratic dispensation existing in India today.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee was born on the 25 of December 1924. His father was a primary school teacher in the defunct State of Gwalior. Vajpayee is known to have attended the same class and shared the same room with his father during his days at DAC College as a student of Political Science.
He interests in politics emerged in the full glare when he started promoting and campaigning for the Quit India Movement from 1942 to 1945.
Fast-tracking into his late days, the nonagenarian had battled with diabetes and had survived with only one kidney. His condition worsened and was placed on life support at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
Today, the Man Atal Bihari Vajpayee is no more.
THE LIFE PROGRESS OF ATAL BIHARI VAJPAYEE–
- Atal Bihari Vajpayee was born in the erstwhile State of Gwalior on December 25, 1924.
- He was detained during his teenage days for opposing the British colonial masters.
- His support for Rashtriya Swamyamsevak Sangh led to his withdrawal from school to run the organization’s magazine in 1950.
- He forged ahead with his political interests to become the spokesperson for the BJP.
- Between 1942 to 1945 he was a freedom fighter the Quit India Movement and was viewed as a right wing in the politics of India.
- He later became a close aide of the BJP’s predecessor Shyama Prasad Mookerjee.
- In 1953 his mentor Shyama Prasad Mookerjee began a fast to protest the wrongful treatment of Indian citizens who visit the country region of Kashmir. The late PM stayed glued to Mookerjee during this time. Although this ended the apathy against Indian citizens visiting Kashmir, Mookerjee died because of exhaustion and weakness while in detention.
- The death of Mookerjee and his victory by a fast paved the way for Vajpayee’s emergence as an MP in 1957.
- Vajpayee represented the Lok Sabha in the lower parliament from 1957 to 2009.
- After 40 years in the opposition, he became a Prime Minister in 1996. However, his hold on that office lasted for only 13 days.
- In 1998, Vajpayee had another taste of power which lasted for 13 months only and ended after the withdrawal of J Jayalalithaa’s support.
- In 1999, Vajpayee became the Prime Minister, and now, the government lasted for a full tenure.
- During Prime Minister Morarji Desai’s government, Vajpayee was the Foreign Affairs Minister, a position that defined his role as an excellent orator for India. It was now he delivered a speech during the United Nations General Assembly in Hindi.
- Vajpayee has been the first Prime Minister outside the Congress Party to serve as a complete tenure.
- His 1999 visit to Pakistan was marked with criticisms where he rode by a bus into Lahore triumphantly.
- During an emergency rule under Indira Gandhi, Vajpayee was detained in jail for months.
- In 1994, he was decorated with the best parliamentarian award and in 2014, he got the ‘Bharat Ratna’ award.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in 2014 that December 25 which is Vajpayee’s birthday will be termed ‘Good Governance Day’
- Atal Bihar Vajpayee introduced the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) and National Highways Development Project (NHDP) during his tenure as the Prime Minister of India.
- Vajpayee has been a Hindi poet with notable works like ‘Do Anoobhootiyan’, ‘Doodh Main Darar Pad Gayi’, ‘Kadam Milakar Chalna Hoga’, ‘Manaali Mat Jaiyo’ and ‘Ek Baras Beet Gaya’.
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