Remembering Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his death anniversary

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The country lost one of its favourite, most inspiring and influential leaders Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee on August 16, 2018Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a great statesman and played an important role in pushing the country on the rapid and iconic path of development. We bring you some of the interesting facts about Atal Bihari Vajpayee as a politician, poet and writer as also bring you some of the highest points from his personal and professional life that are sure to leave you amazed. Paying our tribute on the death anniversary of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Also check Ataj Bihari Vajpayee quotes.

Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee

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Interesting facts about shri atal bihari vajpayee

  • Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee was born in Gwalior on December 25, 1924. His father, Krishna Bihari Vajpayee was a school teacher and poet, and his mother, Krishna Devi was a housewife.

Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee childhood

  • He attended the Saraswati Shishu Mandir as a child and later went to Victoria College for his graduation. He graduated in Hindi, English, and Sanskrit with flying colours.
  • Atalji went on to study at DAV College, Kanpur to complete his post-graduation where he earned his M.A. in Political science.

Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee political career

  • Atalji was a patriot from his younger years and was highly involved in the cause of making the nation one of the greatest in the world.
  • In this quest of his, he went onto guide the country on the path of development and glory.
  • His first involvement in the nation’s cause was joining the freedom movement as a journalist in his student years.

Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee political career

  • He joined the Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS) in 1951 and was elected as a member of Lok Sabha in 1957 for the first time from Balrampur owing to his extreme dedication and hard work for the community and country.
  • Atalji became the president of the Jana Sangh in 1968 which united with the Bharatiya Lok Dal and the Socialist Party to form the Janata Party in 1977.
  • He took his first major charge in the government’s cabinet after the Janata Party won the general elections as the Minister of External Affairs.

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Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Interesting facts about shri atal bihari vajpayee

  • The founding member of BJP along with Lal Krishna Advani and Bhairon Singh Shekhawat in 1980, Atalji also became the party’s first president.
  • His rise in Indian politics was meteoric and he became the country’s favourite in no time. Such was his aura that even opposition parties respected him. He became the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament in 1993 and in November 1995 he was declared as the Prime Ministerial candidate of BJP.
  • He spearheaded the Pokhran tests in the country in 1998 which saw India emerge as a nuclear superpower, setting the country among the greatest, most powerful and advanced in the world.
  • From 1999 to 2004, Vajpayee was the Prime Minister of the country to become the first non-Congress president to successfully complete a five-year term. The BJP led NDA under his leadership also became the first party to successfully complete their full term, restoring faith in the Indian democratic system and bringing the opposition parties and the concept of a coalition government to the forefront.
  • He led India to a mammoth victory in the Kargil War which saw them crush their arch-rivals Pakistan.  He was one of the masterminds of Operation Vijay which saw Pakistan surrender and withdraw their troops from Kashmir.
  • Atalji became the first person to give a speech in Hindi in the UN where he touched upon a magnitude of international issues.

These are only a few excerpts of all the lifetime achievements of this rock pillar of Indian Politics Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He will never be forgotten for his humble persona, intellect, and courage. The nation will always miss you.

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