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August 16, 2018

3 Time Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee Passed Away

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Former Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee (25th December 1924 - 16th August 2018) passed away. He is one of the most respected politicians in India. He was the 10th Prime Minister of India. A senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he was the first non-Indian National Congress Prime Minister to serve a full five-year term. He served as the Prime Minister of India for three times (13 days in 1996, 11 months during 1998-99, Full term during 1999-2004).

During his second term as prime minister, Vajpayee ordered nuclear tests in May 1998 in a strategic masterstroke to blunt Pakistan’s nuclear ambitions. He followed this up with peace overtures to Pakistan, riding on the first direct bus from India to Pakistan in February 1999.

He is the only parliamentarian to have been elected from four different states at different times. He was elected to the Parliament from Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi. He was a member of the Rajya Sabha for two terms and that of the Lok Sabha for ten terms.

He is also famous as a writer of a number of well-known books and poetry collections.
Some of his famous books are :
  • India's Foreign Policy: New Dimensions (1977)
  • Assam Problem: Repression no Solution (1981)
  • Atal Bihari Vaj Mem Tina Dasaka (1992)
  • Pradhan Mantri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ke Chune Hue Bhashana (2000)
  • Values, Vision & Verses of Vajpayee: India's Man of Destiny (2001)
  • National Integration (1961)
  • Dynamics of an Open Society (1977)
  • Kucha Lekha, Kucha Bhashana (1996)
  • Sekyularavada: Bharatiya Parikalpana (Da. Rajendra Prasada Smaraka Vyakhyanamala) (1996)
  • Rajaniti ki Rapatili Rahem (1997)
  • Back to Square One (1998)
  • Decisive Days (1999)
  • Sakti Se Santi (1999)
  • India's Perspectives on ASEAN and the Asia-Pacific Region (2003)
His famous poetry collections are
  • Meri Ikyavana Kavitaem (1995)
  • Meri Ikyavana Kavitaem (Hindi Edition, 1995)
  • Sreshtha Kabita (1997)
  • Nayi Disha – An Album with Jagjit Singh (1995)
  • Kya Khoya Kya Paya: Atal Bihari Vajapeyi, Vyaktitva Aur Kavitaem (Hindi Edition, 1999)
  • Samvedna – An Album with Jagjit Singh (1995)
  • Twenty-One Poems (2003)
He was honored with India’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna and Bangladesh Liberation War Honor in the year 2015. Earlier, he was honored with prestegious Padma Vibhushan in 1992.

Important Point to Note : Vajapayee's birthday, 25 December, was declared ‘Good Governance Day’.

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