Today is a sad day in the pages of history. The nation has lost the eminent personality like Atal Bihari Vajpayee. A person who has remained to be an inspiration for all, young and old, irrespective of which political party they support has finally yielded to the cycle of life. The most loved former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was declared dead on Thursday at the age of 93 at New Delhi’s AIIMS hospital. With this disheartening piece of information we are here with a little relief. Here is the list of top 10 must know things about Atal Bihari Vajpayee that will make you love and respect him even more.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee, one of the most well known personalities of the era was born on December 25, 1924 in Gwalior. He was just a teenager when he was put behind the bars as he stood in opposition of British colonial rule. He disfavoured communism strongly prior to coming on a decision to lend his priceless support to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Jan Sangh.
Vajpayee was a law school drop out. He took this decision so that he could spare time to proliferate and run an RSS magazine back in early 1950s. With the passage of time, he gained a strong footing with deep roots in the political scenarios in the RSS. He then emerged to be the moderate and firm voice of the BJP that gained love and affection of all those who heard him.
It was at the designation of a freedom-fighter that his political career began to take shape. During the Quit India Movement from 1942 to 1945, he began to actively take part in politics. Initially he was a communist but eventually he shed that to seek a membership in the RSS.
It did not take him much time with all the wit and charm he had to become the close follower as well as aide to Shyama Prasad Mookerjee. Shyama Prasad Mookerjee was then the founder of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS) which is actually a predecessor to BJP.
Vajpayee was by the side of Shyama Prasad Mookerjee while he went on a fast-unto-death in Kashmir back in 1953. This step was a protest against the system that required carrying a permit so as to enter the state in addition to the “inferior” treatment given to the Indian citizens while they vsiisted Kashmir. Also, it was a protest against the peculiar treatment given to Kashmir as the state had a Muslim majority. Shyama Prasad Mookerjee was successful to end the identity card requirement resulting in integration of Kashmir into the Indian Union and later surrendered his life to weakness, illness and confinement in jail. All these things had a far reaching impact on the heart and mind of then novive and young Vajpayee. Eventually, Vajpayee came out victorious in the first election to Parliament in 1957.
Vajpayee then served the Lok Sabha which is the the lower house of the parliament. It was for 10 terms that he provided his services, beginning from 1957 to 2009. Vajpayee was the first to be the head of government from outside the Congress party. Also, he successfully served a full five-year term.
It was in 1996 that Vajpayee first became Prime Minister after remaining in opposition for four decades. He was able to last only 13 days as prime minister due to the lack of numbers and the lack of a stable majority brought an end to his second stint in power from 1998 after a period of 13 months. His government then collapsed once AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa withdrew her support from the coalition.
He also earned name and fame for being the external affairs minister of India.. It was during this period that he also delivered a speech in Hindi on the platform of United Nations General Assembly in Hindi.
He is one of the very few people to get the highest civilian honour of India, the Bahart Ratna on March 27, 2015 at his residence.
He was a bachelor and a proficient poet who was often quoted by his party members.
All in all, these are the top 10 must know things about Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Though the great leader and a respectful human being is no longer amidst us but his words will never fade. The love that he bore in his heart for the nation will continue. It will continue to govern and bless our nation for time immemorial.