The sad demise of the former Prime Minister of India and the great son of the motherland Atal Bihari Vajpayee marks the end of an era. He not only lived for the nation but also served it assiduously for decades. However, he used to consider ‘Death’ no more than just a comma (,) in the long journey. In his own words,
Well, Atal Ji may not be with us at the moment but he has left bounteous teachings behind him that will keep on enlightening our walkway to the ultimate destination.
"His warm personality and his gift of friendship won him admirers and friends across the political spectrum and from every walk of life. His death leaves behind a huge void. I join millions of our fellow Indians in mourning his loss and pray for the departed soul," said Sonia Gandhi.
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"Six years in power and as young as 79 he still looks the only leader India has at this moment, within and without BJP, who can sing a new song for a country where half the population is in their 20s."
However, he first joined the parliament in 1957 by becoming a Lok Sabha member. And his maiden speech even impressed the then PM, Jawaharlal Nehru, to such an extent that he claimed, 'this man will one day become the prime minister'.
He was so much loved and respected across the country that, to date, he is the only statesman to have been elected from four various states at different times. Despite Bhartiya Jana Sangh scatter in 1979, Atal Bihari Vajpayee's social standing as a respected political leader remained intact.
Despite being an opposition leader, Atal Ji was a brave politician who used to appreciate good works of individuals no matter they are his party members or his opponents. His praises for Indira Gandhi's leadership during the 1971 war is one of the instances.
Atal jI was the first person to deliver a speech in Hindi to the United Nations General Assembly. The whole world then appreciated him for such a bold decision any Indian every took.
As we all know, Atal didn't bow down to international criticism and in May, after a month of being in power, he ordered the nuclear test at Pokhran, ensuring India's entry into the group of nations with declared nuclear weapons.