August 16, 2018
A Tribute To Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee
I dream of an India that is prosperous, strong and caring.
An India, that regains a place of honor in the comity of great nations. -Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee popularly known as the 'Bhishma Pitamah' of Indian politics felt off his perch at 5:05 pm on Thursday, August 16th at the age of 93.
16th August 2018 is a date to register, as the whole nation has sunk deep into the abyss of utter grief and sorrow. With one of the most influential politicians of all time gone, it’s certainly the end of an era. He wasn’t just a leader but a force that has held up and driven this country towards progress and prosperity.
Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee was born in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh on 25 December 1924. To honor him, his birthday has been declared as 'Good Governance Day' by the NDA government.
Vajpayee was India’s 10th and the first non-Congress Prime Minister to complete a 5-year term. He had an exemplary political career, he was a member of the Indian parliament for over 4 decades, being elected to the Lok Sabha, ten times, and twice to the Rajya Sabha.
With such a vibrant charisma he had his own share of interesting adventures and experiences. Shri Vajpayee's father was keen learner which ultimately led them in ending up as classmates in the same college. Shri Vajpayee has also confessed numerous times of his avidness towards journalism, he always wanted to be a journalist but unknowingly became an inseparable part of the Indian politics.
Vajpayee was among the founding members of the erstwhile Bhartiya Jana Sangh and also headed it from 1968 to 1972. When the Janata government collapsed, Vajpayee restructured the Jana Sangh into the Bhartiya Janta Party in 1980.
Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee has also been graced with some of the most prestigious awards, he was conferred India’s highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna, by the president of India in 2015. He was also adorned with Padma Vibhushan by the government of India in 1992.
His love for peace also made him extend the olive branch to Pakistan by initiating Delhi-Lahore bus service. This incident became a symbol of international diplomacy and Vajpayee was lauded for his pragmatism.
One of the hallmarks of Vajpayee’s reign was the Pokhran-II nuclear bomb tests Vajpayee’s strategically important and courageous decision made India a nuclear weapons power even though it resulted in sanctions by the US and the European Union.
One of his most noted speeches came on the floor of the Parliament in 1996 when he resigned after lasting only 13 days as prime minister due to lack of numbers. “Governments come and go and parties are born and disappear. Above it all, the country must stay shining, its democracy immortal,” Vajpayee said.
Apart from all the political aspects, he also contributed a lot in education,
Atal Bihari Vajpayee laid the foundation of Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, which made education for children aged 6 to 14 years a fundamental right.
Undoubtedly, Shri Vajpayee was an extraordinary orator, born into a family of a poet, where writing and spokesmanship prowess were appreciated, it displayed quite evidently in his public speaking skills, he was an embodier in respect of his choice of words, effective pauses and subtle humour was his style of speaking.
His vibrant personality and commendable oratory skills left everyone awestruck. His speeches were so impacting that even the opposition could feel it’s charm.
He was a lover of Hindi language but wasn’t an averse to other languages. He was a writer and an instant composer inverses.
His passion for poetry was commendable, he has released two albums with Jagjit Singh, featuring his popular poems.
His Immense love for his language and country knew no boundaries, Shri Vajpayee was the first External Affairs Minister and also the first person to deliver a speech in Hindi in the United Nations general assembly in 1977.
Even though Shri Vajpayee was a staunch epitome of Hindu Tradition yet the people of different religions and communities reposed their confidence in him.
He belonged to all and all belong to him……..