Born on December 25, 1924, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, one of the most beloved political leaders of our country who led us in a new direction of growth, unfortunately passed away on August 16, 2018. The leader who is known to be one of those who very first established the foundation of the today’s ruling party, BJP and the person representing the comrades as told by many was a effulgent man. It is great loss to the nation that now that he is finally not here to guide us, hardly ever a man like him shall ever come again and be so devoted towards the nation.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Birth and Early Life
His grandfather, Pandit Shyam Lal Vajpayee had migrated to the city Gwalior and that’s where Atal Ji was born to Krishna Devi and Krishna Bihari Vajpayee. He did his schooling from the Saraswati Shishu Mandir from Gwalior only and then attended the now called-as Laxmi Bai college with distinctions in three subjects. He then did his M.A in political science for he had a great deal of interest in the political system of the nation at that time when whole of the nation was fighting for the independence.
At the age of only 16, Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji became an active member of the RSS which was however shut down later in 1948 for supposedly their alleged role in the assassination of the Mahatma Gandhi. However later in 1951, he started working for newly formed Bhartiya Jana Sangh who started to be called as the Hindu right wing political party of RSS only where he was appointed as the national secretary of the party. Right from the very early age, Atal Ji was clear that he wanted to work all his life for his country and spending 24 days in jail during the `Quit India Movement’ was just one of the many examples that proved that. And over all of this, one thing that made people got so attached to this leader was his oratory skill. He had such a great command over his words that many leaders themselves would just sit and listen to him speaking for hours long. His command over his words and faith in his own speech made people believe that India was rising above all what had happened in the past to the day of the good.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Wiki and Life
Later in 1968, when the leader of the Jana Sangh, Deendayal Upadhyay passed away, the leadership was passed on Atal Ji. Then in 1977, a coalition of parties led by Moraji Desai won the election and he was chosen as the Prime Minister but when he resigned in 1979, with him got dissolved the Jana Sangh. Finally ten among all of the chaos, emerged a new party, BJP in 1980 which was formed by some prominent leaders including Atal Bihari Vajpayee that was then chosen as the President of the party and that went on to become of the greatest parties if the country and the ruling one as of now.
During the 1984 elections, Atal Bihari Vajpayee shifted back to hometown Gwalior to contest the elections. However being a new party in the arena and lacking behind because congress used the sympathy card ig Indira Gandhi’s assassination at that time, BJP only was able to secure two seats in the parliament and seeing this, Atal g quit his presidency. But then from 1990, BJP started getting hold of the power subtly when they stood in support of making a temple dedicated to the Lord Rama in Ayodhya.
This whole `Ram Janambhoomi Mandir Movement’ helped the party to gain the trust of the masses supporting the same cause and went on to secure a vote bank later in 1996 when finally BJP won the elections and Atal Bihari Vajpayee went on to become the Prime Minister. They not only won the elections but also emerged as the single largest party. Though Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji was sworn as the Prime Minister but that lasted for only 13 days as he was not able to collect votes from other parties and hence was not able to form the majority.
Then in 1998 when elections happened again, NDA was finally able to form the majority and again Vajpayee g was sworn as the Prime minister. But in 1999, Jaylalita, leader of the AIADMK withdrew her support and the Lok Sabha again got dissolved.
The three prominent incidents that actually stunned the world under the leadership of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji were, first, the successful nuclear tests known as the Pokhran nuclear tests that Mr. Vajpayee went ahead with despite nations like United States, Canada, Japan, Britain and European Front standing in his way giving sanctions for they believed that would cause radioactivity. But Vajpayee g went ahead with plan and made the whole world see the nuclear power of the nation. Second incident was the `Lahore Summit’ that happened to increase the trade and relations with a goal of denuclearised South Asia. His aim was to bring peace in to the valley of the Kashmir.
The third incident went on to make the world know that when it comes to the security and peace of the nation, no country should ever battle with India. The `Kargil War’ made Pakistan realised that they are in no place to infiltrate into India. When Paksitan infiltrated the Kashmir valley mainly centring around the region of Kargil, under the command of Vajpayee g, the Indian army responded back with `Operation Vijay’ where a lot of Pakistani soldiers were killed but the Indian army also lost many of its soldiers. Infuriated by this, Vajpayee g sent a letter to the president of U.S, Bill Clinton at that time that he shall make it sure that they get the Pakistani army out of his nation, `One Way or Other’. Though Nawaz Sharif asked the militants to step back, they did not and hence at last the Indian army killed the militants forcing them finally to recede back into their own land and hence India won the `Kargil War’.
Then in 2002 when riots happened in Gujrat, is government was criticised for their late and slow mode of action against those killed hundreds of muslims in that riot. In 2004, then his coalition was defeated in the parliament election and so he resigned from the office. Soon, Vajpayee g announced his retirement at the ned of 2005. In late December 2014, he was awarded the India’s highest civilian honour, Bharat Ratna. Indeed if there is one thing that all people can say united is that Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a man not just of words but of deeds as well and our nation has suffered a great loss now that we do not have him around physically.