Atal Bihari Vajpayee and his Interesting life
While everybody was busy pondering over accuracy of facts and statements made by Narendra Modi at Red Fort on August 15, Atal Bihari Vajpayee bid goodbye to politics, India and this world the following day. Considered one of the most strong and influential leaders in not just our country but the world, he was a role model, an inspiration and father figure to every one in politics and beyond.
A fierce leader, a strong-willed rebel and an influential orator, Atal Ji has not just been a participant of Politics of Free India, but flag bearer of it. There is a vacuum in Indian Political Fraternity that will probably never filled with him gone. Here are some interesting things about Atal Bihari Vajpayee you probably didn’t know.
Atal Bihari was his father’s classmate
When he was enrolling himself for Post Graduation in Political Science at DAV College, Kanpur, his father expressed his desire to study the same. Hence, Atal Ji and father ended up in the same classroom, studying same subjects, sitting for same papers, and probably sitting on the same bench at his alma mater.
Only Non Congress PM to serve full time
Till Date there has been no Non Congress Prime Minister that served as Prime Minister of India for more than 2 years. Morarji Desai from Janata Party served for the longest time as Non Congress PM, second to Atal Bihari Vajpayee. So in a way, he paved way for Non Congress party to the chair of Prime Minister of India.
Hindi hai hum, watan ae
Atal Ji took the world by storm on early 1977 when he as India’s Foreign Minister gave a great speech at the UN General Assembly in Hindi. That was the first time anyone had given a speech in Hindi at the global platform.
India has come a long way since Independence. And effort of every man and woman matters. But figures like Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Abdul Kalam have a spot at the upper shelf in the room of respect that no body else has access to and everyone just sit at the bottom appreciating efforts by these great men.