India grieves the demise of its beloved former Prime Minster Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji. On 16th August 2018, India lost its one of the best political leaders in the history. He had been a great leader in the history of India and it was his exemplary leadership that set the foundations for a strong, prosperous and inclusive India in the 21st century.
He was the force behind shaping India’s Democracy and putting India on the road to economic development. His contributions towards the country made him win the hearts of the people of the country.
Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was born to Krishna Devi and Krishna Bihari Vajpayee on 25th December 1924 in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. He completed his post-graduation with an M.A. in Political Science from DAV College, Kanpur, and was awarded a first-class degree. He joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as a swayamsevak, or volunteer, in 1939. Vajpayee ji started his public life at an early age and his parliamentary career flourished since then. He was elected 10 times to the Lok Sabha and was twice a Member of the Rajya Sabha.
- He went to jail for 23 days in 1942 during the Quit India Movement.
- It was during his reign that the Pokhran-II nuclear tests were conducted in 1998. This test made India a nuclear Weapons Power.
- His tenure is also characterized by the 1999 Kargil War, referred to as Operation Vijay, that ended up with India’s victory.
- Mr. Vajpayee began a push for a full-scale diplomatic peace process with Pakistan with the historic inauguration of the Delhi-Lahore bus service in February 1999.