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Blend of Politics and Poetry: Atal Bihari Vajpayee

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee was born on 25th December, 1924 at Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh. Vajpayee studied at Victoria (now Laxmibai) College, Gwalior and DAV College, Kanpur. He holds a master’s degree in political science. Vajpayee is a well known poet, orator, eminent journalist and social worker.

Vajpayee’s entry into Indian Politics can be dated back to time when he was arrested during Quit India Movement in 1942. He then became a follower of Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the founder member of Bharatiya Jana Sangh. He was the President of Bharatiya Jana Sangh from 1968 to 1973. Vajpayee was detained during emergency period (1975-77). Vajpayee was became the External Affairs Minister (1977-1979) in Janata Party Government headed by Morarji Desai. After fragmentation of Bharatiya Jana Sangh, Vajpayee, with his close associates Lal Krishan Advani and Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, founded Bharatiya Janata Party. Vajpayee served as first President of BJP from 1980 to 1986. Atal Bihari has occupied a number of distinguished positions during his long and illustrious political career. Vajpayee was conferred ‘Padma Vibhushan’ in 1992 in recognition of his services to the nation.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee was Prime Minister of India from May 16-31, 1996 and a second time from March 19, 1998 to May 13, 2004. National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government was the biggest coalition government in India. NDA comprised of 24 political parties. The man behind the coalition was Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Atal Bihari Vajpayee introduced the concept of ‘Coalition Dharma’ in Indian Politics. Atal Bihari Vajpayee took retirement from politics in 2005. The retirement of Vajpayee created a void in Indian Politics and BJP in particular.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee is a great Hindi poet and journalist as well. He edited ‘Rashtradharma’ (a Hindi monthly), ‘Panchjanya’ (a Hindi weekly) and the dailies ‘Swadesh’ and ‘Veer Arjun’. His published works include “Meri Sansadiya Yatra” (in four volumes), “Meri Ikkyavan Kavitayen”, “Sankalp Kaal”, “Shakti-se-Shanti”, “Four Decades in Parliament” (speeches in three volumes 1957-1995), “Lok Sabha Mein Atalji” (a collection of speeches), “Mrityu Ya Hatya”, “Amar Balidan”, “Kaidi Kaviraj Ki Kundalian” (a collection of poems written in jail during Emergency), “New Dimensions of India’s Foreign Policy” (a collection of speeches delivered as External Affairs Minister during 1977-79), “Jan Sangh Aur Mussalman”, “Sansad Mein Teen Dashak” (speeches in three volumes 1957-1992) and “Amar Aag Hai” (a collection of poems). Vajpayee’s poetry reflects human values and nationalistic fervour.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee turns 87 on Christmas 2010. May God give him good health!

Atal Bihari Vajpayee is the living legend of Indian Politics. To take forward Bharat, I yearn to follow up his couplet: “Aag Lagakar Jalna Hoga, Kadam Milakar Chalna Hoga.”.

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Written by Varad Sharma

December 25, 2010 at 11:00 am