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Last Updated:31st October, 2021

Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Born in British Raj and participated in Independence Movement

Atal Bihari Vajpayee was born in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh on 25 December 1924 to Krishna Devi and Krishna Bihari Vajpayee. He is a post graduate with MA in Political Science. In college being a student of political science and law he developed a keen interest in foreign affairs. He had nourished this interest over the years and used it wisely while representing India at various multilateral and bilateral fora. By age of 16, he was an active swayamsevak in Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and was an activist in Arya Samaj movement. He also participated in the Quit India movement. Along with RSS activities, he was working for multiple newspapers and magazines.

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Political Life

Vajpayee’s political career started in 1951 as a national secretary of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh party. In 1957, he won Lok Sabha elections and his oratorical skills worked magic in the house of Indian Parliament. In 1968, he was appointed as the national president of the Jana Sangh party. In 1977, he was appointed as the minister of external affairs in Morarji Desai’s cabinet. He was the first foreign minister to deliver a speech in Hindi to the United Nations General Assembly. In 1980, after the collapse of Desai’s Janata party, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was formed with Vajpayee as its first President. In 1986, he won Rajya Sabha elections. For various terms he served Lok Sabha as Member of Parliament, starting from 1957–1962 at Balrampur, again from 1967–1971 from Balrampur, then from 1971–1977 from Gwalior, again from 1977–1984 from New Delhi and finally from Lucknow 1991–2009.

Prime Minister of India

In 1996, Atal Bihari Vajpayee became the 10th Prime Minister of India and first bachelor sworn in as the Prime Minister. After 16 days he resigned as he did not have enough support to form a government. After the 1998 general elections, Vajpayee took oath as the Prime minister of India. Under his leadership, India was successful in conducting five underground nuclear tests in the Pokhran range in Rajasthan. Vajpayee set off a new peace process with Pakistan with an agenda to permanently resolve the Kashmir dispute and other conflicts. In his leadership Kargil war went on for 3 months with Pakistan and ended with withdrawal from Pakistan and almost 70% of the territory was recaptured by India.  The AIADMK pulled their support to the NDA in May 1999, resulting in the Vajpayee administration being reduced to a caretaker status and pending fresh elections scheduled for October 1999. Through the 1999 general elections Vajpayee took oath as the prime minister of India for the third time with a clear majority. During this tenure, there were many terrorist attacks and violence in the nation which he handled very well.

Here are a few quotes from Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Share these with friends, colleagues and family members to inspire them.

  • Population needs to be stabilised for sustainable development. -Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • You can change friends but not neighbours. -Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • Terrorism has become a festering wound. It is an enemy of humanity. -Atal Bihari Vajpayee
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  • Empowering the individual means empowering the nation. And empowerment is best served through rapid economic growth with rapid social change. -Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • The spending in science and technology need to be to increased. -Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • I have a vision of India: an India free of hunger and fear, an India free of illiteracy and want. -Atal Bihari Vajpayee
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  • I believe that democracy is the best guarantor for peace and cooperation among nations. -Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • If India is not secular, then India is not India at all. -Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • Poverty is multidimensional. It extends beyond money incomes to education, health care, political participation and advancement of one's own culture and social organisation. -Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • I would like that no citizen of the state feels alone and helpless. The entire nation is with them. -Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • There can be no compromise regarding corruption. -Atal Bihari Vajpayee
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  • The overwhelming public sentiment in India was that no meaningful dialogue can be held with Pakistan until it abandons the use of terrorism as an instrument of its foreign policy. -Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • I believe the gun is no solution to problems. -Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • We hope the world will act in the spirit of enlightened self-interest. -Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • I am often accused of colluding with the British during the freedom struggle. I want to ask, how? -Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • My message to the people and rulers of Pakistan is, 'As neighbours, we want peace and friendship and cooperation with you so that together we can change the face of South Asia.' -Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • The BJP regards Muslims as Indians and human beings. -Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • The Bio-diversity Convention has not yielded any tangible benefits to the world's poor. -Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • Ours is a multi-religious country, a multi-lingual country; we have many different modes of worship. We believe in peaceful and harmonious co-existence. -Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • The prime minister's office is not something that one enjoys. -Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • Our frequent initiatives to normalise relations with Pakistan are not a sign of our weakness; rather, they are an indication of our commitment to peace. -Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • I am contesting elections since 1952, but never did I throw mud. -Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives. -Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee Famous Dialogues

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  • Aap Mitra badal sakte hain padosi nahi -Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • Ek haath se taali nahi bajti, chutki to baj sakti hai -Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • Mein auron ke daldal mein apna kamal khilata hoon. -Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • Mein Atal hoon…Mein Bihari bhi hoon -Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee Famous Poem

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  • I am able to see myself
    From the eyes of others,
    I am neither silent, nor am I singing! -Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • What is the age of death? Not even a couple of moments
    Life is a progression, it’s not a matter of a day or two! -Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • Why shouldn’t I live every moment to the fullest?
    Why shouldn’t I admire the beauty in every fragment?
    atal bihari vajpayee quotes on india -Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • Everything is at stake, there’s no option to stop now
    We can break at this point, but we cannot bend now! -Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • The cycle of being and not being
    Will continue till eternity,
    So will our illusion
    That we are, we will be. -Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • It’s dark in the middle of the day
    The sun is defeated by its shadow
    Squeeze the oil from your soul
    and light the wick,
    Come let’s light a lamp again! -Atal Bihari Vajpayee

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Other than politics

In 2005, Vajpayee announced his retirement. Though he remained bachelor all his life, he had adopted Namita Bhattacharya and raised her as his own. He was an excellent author. He published many prose and poetry.His poetic lines were often part of his public speeches. Being an excellent orator and poet, various collections were made of his speeches, articles, and slogans. He was not just a critically acclaimed poet but also would take time off from state affairs and indulge in music and a bit of gourmet cooking. The Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian honor, was awarded to him in acknowledgment of his nearly 50 years of service to the citizens and the society and his noble devotion to his first and only love, India. He was named India’s ‘Best Parliamentarian.

Death

Vajpayee was in critical condition and admitted to AIIMS on 11 June 2018 following a kidney infection. He was declared dead at on 16 August 2018 at the age of 93. On 17 August, Vajpayee's body draped in the Indian flag was taken to the BJP headquarters for party workers to pay their tributes. At Rashtriya Smriti Sthal near Raj Ghat, he was cremated with full state honors and his pyre was lit by his foster daughter Namita Kaul Bhattacharya.

His achievements are too many to be penned down. He was a parliamentarian for over 40 years and was elected to the Rajya Sabha 2 times and the Lok Sabha 10 times.  He was the first non-Congress Prime Minister to serve a complete term of the office. He was honoured with the ‘Bharat Ratna Award’, the highest civilian honour of India in 2014. 25th December, his birthday is celebrated as the ‘Good Governance Day.' Share quotes of excellent statesmen with your friends and family. Let us remember Vajpayee for all that he has selflessly done for the nation.