Atal Bihari Vajpayee: A Man for All Seasons by Kingshuk NagFrom being one of the earliest members of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, Vajpayee blossomed into a leading opposition MP by the late 1960s, went on to become External Affairs Minister in the short-lived Janata government and, finally in 1999, to head the first non-Congress government to complete a full term in office. That it was a coalition government made the feat all the more remarkable, and testifies to the fact that though wedded to a right-wing political ideology, Vajpayee did not believe in the politics of exclusion.
A protégé of Jana Sangh stalwarts like Syama Prasad Mukherjee and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, Vajpayee won the admiration of Jawaharlal Nehru, was consulted by his daughter Indira Gandhi—whom he never lacked the courage to criticize—and befriended by fiery trade unionist George Fernandes even before they became political allies. He thus displayed an unusual ability to carry along all shades of political opinion—an ability that came to the fore when he headed the National Democratic Alliance government between 1999 and 2004. And behind this public persona was an unusual personal life, conducted with such dignity as to remain free of innuendo.
In this book, journalist Kingshuk Nag traces the political journey of this tall parliamentarian of over four decades, who was conferred the Bharat Ratna in December 2014. Atal Bihari Vajpayee: A Man for All Seasons is a definitive account of the life and times of one of India’s most illustrious non-Congress leaders.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee's key policies that shaped Indian economy
Jump to navigation. Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari said, "Empowering the individual means empowering the nation. And empowerment is best served through rapid economic growth with rapid social change. Indeed, these words reflected in his contribution towards the country. He not only improved the economy of India but also introduced social reforms to uplift the unprivileged section of the society. Prime minister Narendra Modi released a commemorative coin worth Rs in honour of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who died in August this year.
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He took a courageous and strategically vital decision in May to make India a nuclear power and conducted Nuclear Tests despite the opposition of several world powers. Under his leadership, India successfully overcame sanctions imposed by certain super powers. He made earnest efforts to normalise relations with Pakistan, beginning with his historic Bus Yatra to Lahore in February However, when Pakistan betrayed his trust. This included firm measures to combat cross-border terrorism sponsored by Pakistan. It is the largest project of rural connectivity since independence.
Politics and Nation
One and a half decade after Vajpayee demitted office, he is today remembered as a leader who took forward India's telecom revolution, laid the foundation for massive infrastructure projects - road, rail and air, in a size and scale that matched the Nehruvian-era. He is also known for introducing social development schemes, including making education a fundamental right. He charted a new diplomatic path by encouraging people to people engagement with Pakistan Delhi-Lahore bus route , declared India's nuclear power capabilities to the world and kick started a disinvestment process that saw privatisation of non strategic public sector enterprises. The first line of the capital city's life line was inaugurated during Vajpayee's time. In fact, Delhi Metro today is a beacon of the country's urban mobility. In terms of roads too, the much talked about Golden Quadrilateral Scheme, which linked the four metro cities Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai was his dream.