India is celebrating the 98th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today (December 25, 2022). Born in 1924 in Gwalior, Vajpayee was known as the “man of the masses”.
His entry into mainstream politics began after he joined the Quit India Movement in 1942. As a political science student in college, Vajpayee had a keen interest in foreign affairs. Bharat Ratna awardee Vajpayee joined the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, the forerunner of the BJP, in 1951.
He was also a poet and enjoyed music and a little cooking in his spare time. Vajpayee first took office as Prime Minister of India in 1996, and served a second and third term between 1998-2004.
After Jawaharlal Nehru, Vajpayee was the first person to hold the post of Prime Minister of India with two consecutive terms. The Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second highest civilian honour, was conferred on Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1992. He was also awarded India’s highest civilian honour, followed by the Bharat Ratna.
Vajpayee passed away on 16 August 2018 due to age-related ailments.
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