Even in his autumnal stillness, Atal Bihari Vajpayee defies definition. With a mischievous glint in his eyes, the man-who is now beyond the grasps of predatory headlines-doesn’t fit into the neat categorizations of leadership and greatness. There has always been a bit of mystery, a teasing element of the unknown, about India’s first right wing prime minister who has taken permanent residency in popular conscience.
A.B. Vajpayee is the man who gave Bhartiya Janta Party(B.J.P.) it’s base during the time when the party needed it the most. His name alone rhymes with moderation and consolidation. There may not be a Vajpayee cult inside B.J.P., but vision Vajpayee is an inspiration for true believers on the right. In a polity characterized by an inspiration of personal vendetta and pettiness, he is a custodian of dignity and decency. And his instincts have redeemed the ideology of his political parivar.
The first genuine non-congress prime minister to complete his full term in office, he is original reconciler. Atal Bihari Vajpayee born on the 25th of December in 1924, was elected to the Lok Sabha ten times, and twice to the Rajya Sabha. He also served as the Member of Parliament for Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, until 2009, when he retired from active politics due to health concerns. He was also the Minister of External Affairs I the cabinet of Morarji Desai.
On December 25 2014 the office of President of India announced the Bharat Ratna Award, India’s highest civilian honor, to Vajpayee. In special gesture, the president of India conferred Bharat Ratna to Atal Bihari Vajpayee in his residence on 27th March 2015. His birthday, 25 December, was declared “GOOD GOVERNANCE DAY”. Despite of being an expert in political field A.B. Vajpayee is a skillful poet. The following line from his work shows his excellence in the field of poetry.
“बाधाएं आती हैं आएं
घिरें प्रलय की घोर घटाएं,
पावों के नीचे अंगारे,
सिर पर बरसें यदि ज्वालाएं,
निज हाथों में हंसते–हंसते,
आग लगाकर जलना होगा.
कदम मिलाकर चलना होगा.”