Updated: June 16, 2022
Atal Bihari Vajpayee was an Indian statesman who served three terms as the Prime Minister of India. First for a term of 13 days in 1996, then for a period of 13 months from 1998 to 1999, and finally, for a full term from 1999 to 2004. A member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he was the first Indian prime minister who was not a member of the Indian National Congress party to have served a full five-year term in office. He was the only parliamentarian who had been elected from four different states at different times, namely, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Delhi. He enter into politics during the pre-independence era when he took part in the Quit India Movement which led to his arrest and imprisonment. He was one of the founding members of the erstwhile Bharatiya Jana Sangh, an Indian nationalist party. He was a multi-faceted personality, as a very skilled poet with several published poems. He was also well known for his love for his native language Hindi. He was the first person to deliver a speech in Hindi at the U.N. General assembly.
He was born on December 25th, 1924 and died on August 16th, 2018.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee was born into a middle-class family in Gwalior. His father was Krishna Bihari Vajpayee, a school teacher and poet, and his mother was Krishna Devi.
He attended the Saraswati Shishu Mandir and later went to Victoria College from where he graduated with distinction in Hindi, English and Sanskrit. He enrolled at DAV College, Kanpur to complete his post graduation and earned his M.A. in Political science.
Vajpayee remained a bachelor all his life. He had adopted Namita Bhattacharya, the daughter of BN Kaul and Rajkumari Kaul, and was very close to his friends and relatives.
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