The BJP stalwart was on life support for past few days. On August 16, 2018, Indian’s former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee left us. From establishing India as a nuclear state to connecting of highway network under the Golden Quadrilateral project, he was someone who pushed India towards the path of being a global superpower. Loved by millions, the whole nation mourns the death of this great leader. As you all know, if we have to term anyone as the “Grand Old Man of Indian Politics”, the unanimous choice will be Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Thus, we made an effort to accumulate some of the facts about Atal Bihari Vajpayee as a tribute to this powerful personality.
Also known as the “Bhishma Pitamah” of Indian politics, Atal ji’s subtle demeanor and personality never failed to win over not only all the countrymen but even his oppositions. After all, it’s not often that you find everyone around pointing an Indian politician as a saccha admi (an honest person) or a accha banda (a good fellow). Now that he has bid goodbye forever, let’s take this opportunity to find out some of the facts about this genius.
1. The Gandhi effect
Being an ardent follower of Mahatma Gandhi, Atalji and his elder brother participated in the Quit India Movement, and were even imprisoned for a period of 23 days. This incident marked his welcome in the political scenario of India. He was only eighteen years old at that time.
2. A great orator
Always a great orator, Atalji’s oratory skills had impressed Jawaharlal Nehru to a great extent. In fact, Nehru had even predicted that one day Atalji would become the Prime Minister of India.
3. Holding the highest office for three times
Did you know that Atal Bihari Vajpayee became the Prime Minister of India not once or twice but thrice! The first time was way back in 1996 when BJP emerged as the single largest party in the Lok Sabha General Elections. However, after noticing that he couldn’t win the majority, he resigned from the post after 13 days.
4. Continuation of premiership
The next time he formed the Government for a period of 13 months in 1998-99 before plunging into it headlong with a clear majority. In 1999, he became the 10th Prime Minister of India and formed the Government for a full period of 5 years!
5. Won from four different states
Did you know that he is by far the only parliamentarian to have been elected from four different states altogether? Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, and Gujarat were those states from where he was elected.
6. Taking Hindi everywhere
Vajpayee was the first Prime Minister of India and the first External Affairs Minister of India who had delivered speech in Hindi at the United Nations! Still got any doubts about his oratory skills?
7. Amar Kirti Vijay Pataka
Atal Bihari Vajpayee dedicated his great career in politics to Amar Kirti Vijay Pataka by Mahatma Ramchandra Veer. According to him, it is this great work that had literally changed his life!
8. The editor of yore
One of the lesser known facts about his life is that Vajpayee was the editor of two monthlies—Rashtra Dharma and Panchjanya. Besides these, he had also been the editor of two news dailies—Swadesh and Veer Arjun.
9. His father, his classmate
Well, here’s another interesting trivia about Vajpayee. He was one of those few lucky ones who pursued education along with their fathers/mothers. Vajpayee had pursued a degree in Law from the famous DAV College, Kanpur along with his father. Apparently, when his father saw Vajpayee enrolling himself for the course, he became very interested and expressed his ardent desire to study the same.
10. A poet within
Now this is something that almost each one of us knows about, but without saying this, this list shall remain incomplete—Atal Bihari Vajpayee was one of the best contemporary poets of our country. If you’re interested in poetry, get hold of his Meri Ekyavan Kavitayen, we’re sure you’ll love each one of them.
India lost of its precious gems and now all we can do is carry forward his visions to make India even better.