Remembering Former Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his 3rd death anniversary


Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. (Sketch by Sucharita Roy)
Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee (1924 - 2018). (Sketch by Sucharita Roy)

A man of the masses, firm in his political convictions. On October 13, 1999, he took charge as Prime Minister of India for the second consecutive term at the head of a new coalition government, the National Democratic Alliance. He was Prime Minister for a short period in 1996. He is the first Prime Minister since Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to have become Prime Minister of India with two successive mandates.

A veteran Parliamentarian whose career stretches over four decades, Shri Vajpayee has been elected to the Lok Sabha (House of the People) nine times and to the Rajya Sabha (House of the States) twice, a record by itself.

As India’s Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, Chairperson of various important Standing Committees of Parliament and Leader of the Opposition, he has been an active participant in shaping India’s post-Independence domestic and foreign policy. Shri Vajpayee’s first brush with nationalist politics was in his student days, when he joined the Quit India Movement of 1942 which hastened the end of British colonial rule.

We lost PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee on this very day 16th August 2018.


Sucharita Roy

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