All that you need to know about Atal Bihari Vajpayee while his last rites are performed.
Everyone knew that Pandit Jawaharlal Nehra was not a believer of superstition or astrology. However, he was one man who had introduced Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the future prime minister of the nation in the 1950s. What took the masses more by surprise is the fact that it actually did turn true. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the most loved and cherished Prime Minister of the country breathed his last on 16th August, 2018, just one day after the country celebrated the 72nd Independence Day. At that time, Atal Bihari Vajpayee comes up as the first time Member of Parliament and what’s even more alluring is the fact that he had led a new political party which was opposed to the thought process of Congress of Jawaharlal Nehru. After approximately 40 years and two failed attempts later, he became the first non-Congress Prime Minister to complete full term in the House.
The rise of Atal Bihari Vajpayee
As you must be aware that the Indian subcontinent was under the British rule for more than 200 years. During the year 1942, when Mahatma Gandhi had launched the Quit India movement, Vajpayee was a member of the Arya Samaj’s youth wing. He later joined the RSS party under the influence of Babasaheb Apte. Being an ardent writer, a poet in particular, he has written a poem, 15 August Ki Pukaar. It translates to the Call of 15th August and he had recited it on stage for several years. For those who do not know, Vajpayee was one of the founding members of BJP, the Bharatiya Janata Party. At present, BJP is the ruling party in the country with Shri Narenda Modi at the Prime Minister of the nation. Interestingly, Modi is also a search of Vajpayee.
Some of the top contributions of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
- Some of the most important road projects that connect the cities to one another till date are by the contribution of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Top examples of these are the Golden Quadrilateral as well as the Pradhan Mantri Gram SadakYojna.
- UEE stands for Universalization of Elementary Education. It is the chief aim of every country in the world to have literate citizens. In India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the leader who had started the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. In 2001 he started this to provide free elementary education to all children between the age of 6 to 14 years old.
- Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the first man who stood for privatization in the country. With disinvestments in Bharat Aluminium Company, Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Limited and VSNL. At present it is Tata Communications.
- The man behind the telecom revolution with the New Telecom Policy is none other than Atal Bihari Vajpayee. This had replaced the fixed license fees policy.
These are actually just a few of the contributions. If we start listing all of it, the article may just go on for too long. By now, you must have been able to understand how great a man he was. His last rights were help on 17th August, 2018. In this thousands of citizens had gathered to pay their tribute and respect. He is the one who is always going to remain ‘Atal’.