Atal Bihari Vajpayee: A Tribute to the Statesman

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee: A Tribute to the Statesman

Bishaldeep Kakati | August 17, 2018 16:56 hrs


                 Maut ki umar kya hai? Do pal bhi nhi, Zindagi silsila, aaj kal ki nhi.
              Mai ji bhar jiya, Mai man se maru, lautkar aunga, kooch se kyu daru?

These poetic yet esoteric lines were written by none other than our beloved former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. If we carefully analyze these lines, we will clearly understand how beautifully our beloved ‘Atal Ji’ understood the reality of life and death. Not many born in this world get a life where he or she remains immortal in every phase of his existence, and while we confabulate about the fact that an artiste remains immortal even after leaving the mortal world, but seldom we allow a political figure to remain engraved in our hearts, until and unless that politician creates a monumental influence in our lives. However in ‘Atal Ji’, we have always described an artiste, who showed his mastery and excellence in the field of politics.

 

For a 90’s kid residing in India, his knowledge about political science might have started by repeating the name of the then Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee again and again. And whenever we think of ‘Atal Ji’, a picture floats in front of our eyes of a luminary individual who led a simple life, but was equivalently a gigantic figure in terms of his ideologies, thought processes and policies. The enormous pressure of leading a nation for three times even couldn’t shake or trouble the indomitable psyche of ‘Atal Ji’, as one could always find him with a calm, composed and sober smile. A personality like him in the true sense of the word is born only once in a lifetime.

‘Atal Ji’ was like a ship sailing across oceans. He had a vision in his mind to create a strong India, whose pillars would be cemented with bravery, modernization and unity in diversity. This is evident from the fact that whenever the talk came about showing the power of the nation, ‘Vajpayee Ji’ didn’t ever take a back step. During the infamous 1999 Kargil War, when America made a phone call to Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee and advised him to give Kashmir to Pakistan, or else Pakistan would launch nuclear bomb on India, to that ‘Atal Ji’ replied, “I already have considered that 50% of India has been wiped off, but I can assure you that there would be no sign of Pakistan on the world map by tomorrow.’’ And that indeed showed the reason as to why he always remained people’s most favorite Prime Minister.

 

The political career of ‘Atal Ji’ also spoke volumes of his tremendous capacity as a politician. He was a member of the Indian Parliament for over four decades, having been elected to the Lok Sabha, the lower house ten times and twice to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house. He also served as the member of the Parliament for Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh until 2009. ‘Vajpayee Ji’ was also the pioneer behind establishment of Bharatiya Janata Party in 1980.

 

India’s first non-Congress Prime Minister was responsible for carrying out many crucial international assignments between India and Foreign Nations, significantly improving relation with the United States, China and Israel. Under his leadership, India got her largest highway project- Golden Quadrilateral, the successful carrying out of Pokhran Nuclear Test, the biggest telecom revolution, and the first metro rail project. ‘Atal Ji’ also understood the importance of water for future perspectives, and hence he laid his emphasis on the preservation of water and tried his level best to ensure that each state of the nation was not deprived from the privilege of having sufficient water. Moreover, when Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam joined Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the duo together completely changed the perspectives of orthodox politics that were residing in people’s mind.

 

Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s impact on Indian politics was something that made him very popular among the people. That is the reason; the former Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh called him the ‘Bhisma Pitamah’ of Indian politics. The Bharat Ratna awardee was also an excellent orator as his speeches in the Indian Parliament enthralled one and all. And when he spoke in the Parliament, even the opposition members were left awestruck at his oratory skills. Such was the eye-catching charisma of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

 

However, on the 16th of August 2018, ‘Atal Ji’ at the age of 93 left us all, making the entire India heart broken in a state of complete shock. ‘Atal Ji’ was an astute statesman and a visionary leader, who was always appreciated because of his good governance policies. Hence his birthday is celebrated all over India as ‘Good Governance Day’ as a mark of respect and tribute to him. But since now he is no more with us, it would be really difficult for anyone to fill in the void or fill in his shoes, that he left behind. Nevertheless, ‘Atal Ji’ shall always remain immortal in every breath of the Indians, and as India will keep on climbing the ladder of success, a poetic statesman shall always smile from the unknown and the unheard with satisfaction and contentment.

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