Atal Bihari Vajpayee is one of the most-loved political leaders of our country. He was always firm with his political convictions and known as man of masses. He was respected as statesman both within the country and abroad as well. People of the country will always remember him for his great contribution for the development of the country. He was also popular as “Bhishma Pitamah” of Indian politics. Here are some interesting facts about this great leader, orator and political figure of Indian politics.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee was born on 25th December 1924, in Gwalior. But, his ancestral village is in Bateshwar, Agra. His grandfather, Pandit Shyam Lal Vajpayee had migrated to Morena in Madhya Pradesh.
He had the keen interest in writing poetry since childhood. When he was in 10th class, he wrote his one of the most famous and fiery poem, “ Hindu Tan Man, Hindu Jeevan….”.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee attended DAV College, Kanpur to pursue his law studies. He and his father studied Law together in the same college, which was quite strange for many students there. The father-son duo attended the same class and even shared the same hostel room. But, when other students started talking about the duo and their relationship, they were placed in different sections.
In an interview, he admitted that he always wanted to become a journalist, but fate had some other plans for him and he entered politics by mistake. His involvement as freedom fighter become more rigorous during “Quit India Movement” in 1942-1945.
Before joining Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh (RSS) and becoming an active member of RSS, Atalji was inclined towards communism and he always followed the footprints of Babasaheb Apte. He joined RSS in the year 1939 and very soon he became the full-time member of RSS.
We all know that he was a great orator and in his young age with his oratory skills he managed to impress Jawaharlal Nehru to great extent. Jawaharlal Nehru predicted that Atalji will become Prime Minister one day. He proved him right, he was elected as Prime Minister three times. He won his first election to Parliament in 1957.
He was one of the most popular politicians and first ever non-congress PM to serve a full term as Prime Minister of five years in the PM office. He was largely loved by the common men and even respected by his opponents as well, which is a rare thing to be achieved in Indian politics.
He had great knowledge of Indian politics, his keen intelligence and good grounding of Indian politics helped him to get elected to Lok Sabha for a record 9 times and twice as Rajya Sabha member.
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