Atal Bihari Vajpayee death took the country into the blues. Everyone was really worried about Vajpayee health. We lost a precious gem yesterday. But we are glad that India was blessed with this wonderful man. Here are some of the facts about him, which will prove that it is difficult for India to get someone like him.
Prime Minister, Prime Minister and Prime Minister!
He became Prime Minister of India for three times- in 1996 for 13 days, the second time in 19 for 13 months and then in 1999 for a full 5-year term.
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Nuclear Power State
Recent Movie, Parmanu – The Story of Pokhran, is based on Operation Shakti led by Atal Ji. After this successful nuclear test in 1998, India was added in the league of World’s Elite nuclear club.
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Unique and Beloved Parliamentarian
Besides being the most revered and beloved politician in India, he is the only Parliamentarian to be elected from 4 different Indian States- Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.
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Arrested by British Government
In 1942, he, along with his elder brother, Prem, was arrested for 23 days for participating in the Quit India Movement against the British government.
A Great Poet
Atal Bihari Vajpayee poems will be missed badly. He is considered one of the finest Hindi-poets in India and in an interview, he revealed that he had no interest in politics and would always like to be a poet.
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Drooped Out of college
He dropped out of law school to become a joint editor of the RSS magazine ‘Rashtradharma’. He also became the editor of the weekly paper ‘Panchajanya’ run by the Sangh.
He did Cooking in jail
During the Emergency, he, along with other opposition leaders, was imprisoned in Bangalore Central Jail. He took care of food preparation for his inmates as cooking was one of his enduring passions.
I want the Portrait Back.
In 1977, as an External Affairs Minister in Morarji Desai government, when he entered the office of Ministry of External Affairs, he found the portrait of Jawaharlal Nehru was missing. He immediately ordered his staff to bring it back.
Respecting Hindi across nations.
He was the first person to speak in Hindi at the United Nations.
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Accused of being Nehru’s Planted man
The then Indian prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru was extremely fond of Vajpayee, despite the latter being from the rival political party. Nehru often used to introduce him to foreign guests and invite him to receptions thrown in honor of the visiting dignitaries. Balraj Madhok, the former president of Jan Sangh, accused Vajpayee of being Nehru’s planted man in the opposition.
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Suffered the stroke
His health started deteriorating after 2005. In 2005, He announced his retirement from active politics. Later he suffered a stroke in 2009 which weakened his speech
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Bharat Ratana Award
On December 25, 2014, Government of India honored him with India’s highest Civilian Award – Bharat Ratna. The then President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, presented him the award at his residence on March 27, 2015.
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Here are some of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee books which you would like to have a look.