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Why everybody Loves Atal Bihari Vajpayee (And You Should, Too!)


Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away at 93 in Delhi. The man was the Prime Minister three times and has a legacy of his own. He was the first Prime Minister to complete a full term who wasn’t from the Congress party.  Atal Bihari Vajpayee was one of the most loved Prime Ministers of India and an iconic leader. He is one of the founding members of today’s leading political party- Bhartiya Janta Party.

Being one the post of Prime Minister for three times in the history of Independent Indian Politics, he frames some of the key policies that changed the appearance of Indian economy.

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Achievements of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

He was conferred India’s highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna, by the president of India in 2014.

His birthday that is on December 25 was also declared as the Good Governance Day by our current Prime Minister, Narender Singh Modi.

It was during his tenure that the Pokhran nuclear tests were carried out. Under him, India successfully carried out this nuclear test, or Operation Shakti, in Pokhran on 13 May 1998.

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He started the Delhi-Lahore bus service, Sada-e-Sarhad (Call of the Frontier).

He has also received Padma Vibhushan, Lokmanya Tilak Award and other awards apart from Bharat Ratna.

His Journey to Politics

Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was born on 25 December 1924 in Gwalior. He was a son of a school teacher.

After crossing18-years of age, he joined the Quit India Movement in 1942 and he joined the Bharatiya Jan Sangh (BJS) in 1951.

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He was a proficient writer, has penned down several books and poems during his lifetime.

Vajpayee was a journalist also before being appointed as the political secretary of Shyama Prasad Mookherjee.

He entered the Lok Sabha in 1957 after winning the Balrampur seat in UP.  Atal Bihari Vajpayee persisted as a member of parliament for 47 years. He was elected 11 times to the Lok Sabha, and twice as a Rajya Sabha member.

In 1977, he became the external affairs minister in the Janata Party government.  Vajpayee was contributory towards the formation of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 1980.

His first term as prime minister in 1996 lasted just 13 days. Two years later, in 1998 he headed the government for 13 months, and then for a full five-year term from 1999.

The Kargil War with Pakistan broke out during May-July 1999 with Vajpayee as the PM.

In 2004, the NDA lost in the general elections and he resigned as the prime minister.

Vajpayee announced his retirement from politics at the end of 2005. In 2014, he was awarded the Bharat Ratna. He was also a recipient of the Padma Vibhushan.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee Motivational Quotes

This renowned personality always motivated people with his motivational speeches. Being one of the well-versed writer and poet his has some of the critically acclaimed works in his name.

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Here we have assorted a list of few of his motivational quotes that will reinstate the fact that he actually was an iconic figure.

You can change friends but not neighbors.

We hope the world will act in the spirit of enlightened self-interest.

Global interdependence today means that economic disasters in developing countries could create a backlash in developed countries.

Our nuclear weapons are meant purely as a deterrent against nuclear adventure by an adversary.

If India is not secular, then India is not India at all.

Empowering the individual means empowering the nation. And empowerment is best served through rapid economic growth with rapid social change.

Our aim may be as high as the endless sky, but we should have a resolve in our minds to walk ahead, hand-in-hand, for victory will be ours.

I would like that no citizen of the state feels alone and helpless. The entire nation is with them.

We are unnecessarily wasting our precious resources in wars… if we must wage war; we have to do it on unemployment, disease, poverty, and backwardness.

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.

His contributions to our nation are incomparable and he will always be in our heart.

Let’s pray for the beautiful soul who led a generous life from 1942 -2018 and serve this nation, wholeheartedly.

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