Birth date: December 25, 1924
Death date: August 16, 2018
Birth place: Gwalior, India
Birth name: Atal Bihari Vajpayee (some sources spell it Behari)
Father: Krishna Behari, a teacher
Mother: Krishna Devi
Education: Victoria College (Laxmi Bai College); Dayan and Anglo-Vedic College, M.A. in Political Science
Vajpayee’s family is of the Brahmin caste in India.He is a critically acclaimed poet and speaker.He is considered a champion of women’s rights and favors the eradication of the caste system.Vajpayee was elected to India’s Lok Sabha (House of the People) a record nine times and elected to the Rajya Sabha (House of the States) two times. He served as India’s Prime Minister three times.In his teens, joined Hindu nationalist group, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
1942 – Detained for 24 days for activities with the RSS.
1951 – Joins the Jana Sangh, a conservative political party.
1957 – Becomes leader of the Jana Sangh.
1957 – Elected to the People’s Assembly, or Lok Sabha.
1962 – Elected to a six-year term in the Rajya Sabha.
1975 – Jailed along with other dissident politicians during a declared state of emergency.
1977-1979 – Serves as the Minister for External Affairs when the Jana Sangh Party comes into power as the Janata Party.
1980 – Helps found and becomes president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
1984 – Loses his seat in the People’s Assembly.
1991 – Wins a seat in the People’s Assembly.
1996 – Runs as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate. Vajpayee wins, but his party’s government lasts only 13 days before it is ousted.
March 19, 1998 – After the BJP assembles a winning coalition, Vajpayee is sworn in as prime minister.
April 17, 1999 – Resigns after his government loses a parliamentary vote of confidence.
October 13, 1999 – Sworn in again as prime minister after his party and its allies regain control.
March 21, 2000 – Along with US President Bill Clinton, Vajpayee signs a statement on “US-India Relations: A Vision for the 21st Century,” while hosting Clinton in New Delhi. The document proposes many new endeavors, including a “pledge to reduce impediments to bilateral trade and investment, and to expand commerce between the two nations.”
September 14, 2000 – Vajpayee addresses a joint session of the US Congress. He states that his visit to the United States has “consolidated relations between the world’s two largest democracies and marked a new era in bilateral and global affairs.”
October 2000 – Undergoes knee replacement surgery.
May 13, 2004 – Resigns after his party loses seats to rivals in parliamentary elections.
December 29, 2005 – Announces his retirement from politics.
February 2009 – Hospitalized in India with a respiratory infection.
March 1, 2009 – Released from the hospital.
December 25, 2014 – Vajpayee’s 90th birthday is observed nationally as Good Governance Day.March 27, 2015 – Prime Minister Narendra Modi confers India’s highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna award, upon Vajpayee.
August 16, 2018 – Vajpayee dies in New Delhi at the age of 93.
October 2018 – Four Himalayan peaks near Gangotri glacier are named after Vajpayee.
Cries, screams, heartbreaks and cries of “Vajpayee” filled the air as news of Atal Bihari Vajpayee demise spread. He passed away aged 93 at AIIMS hospital in the national capital on August 16.
His health started deteriorating since Tuesday and was in critical condition, an official statement by AIIMS on Wednesday evening. Mr Vajpayee was admitted to the AIIMS on June 11 owing to a kidney tract infection, chest congestion and urine output on the lower side as confirmed by a team of hospital doctors who looked after the former PM. Unfortunately, he passed away as his heath got worsened.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee served as the Prime Minister of India for three times, first for a term of 13 days in the year 1996 and for a period of 11 months from 1998 to 1999, and then he extended his contributions from 1998 to 2004.
He was a prominent member of the Indian Parliament for over 4 decades, being elected to the Lok Sabha, the lower house, ten times, and twice to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house. He served as the Member of Parliament for Lucknow, UP until 2009 when he called it quits from politics owing to health concerns.
Mr. Vajpayee was conferred India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, by the President of India in 2014. It was officially declared by the Modi government in 2014 that Vajpayee’s birthday on December 25 would be remembered as Good Governance Day.
The highly-respected leader gave the country Swarnim Chaturbhuj (Golden Quadrilateral), that connected four capitals (Delhi Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai)together. He ignored international pressure and then carried out extensive Pokhran nuclear tests. He turned around the economy from below 5% growth rate to 8% growth rate.
He was the driving force behind the Biggest Telecom Revolution in India. During his stint as the tallest leader, he approved India’s first metro rail project. In addition to that, he significantly improved the relations with US, China and Israel.
Above all, he was a good human, great poet and an orator as well. He was well liked by party men and was even respected by his opponents. With all qualities, he carved out a reputation for himself as a true gentleman.
Freedom Media extends deepest condolences to the tallest leader and statesman. We pray for your humble soul to find peace. Thank you for being an epic source of inspiration to Indians and a big thank you for everything you’ve done for the country.