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Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihar Vajpayee is the former Prime Minister of India and was elected to the position twice in 1996 and 1999. A member of the Bhartiya Janta Party, Vajpayee is also known for his great oratory skills. Apart from being a politician, he has is also an acclaimed writer who has written various poems. Vajpayee had joined the Quit India Movement in 1942 as a student leader. He was awarded India\'s highest civilian honor Bharat Ratna in 2015 on his birthday. His birthday, 25 December, was also declared as the Good Governance Day by Narendra Modi government. Vajpayee was also a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and worked as a journalist for a short period before he joined BJP. He was the first non-congress political leader who became the Prime Minister of India. He went to jail during the JP Narayan movement when emergency was declared by Indira Gandhi government.


Manmohan Singh's SPG cover withdrawn, Z-plus security remains

August 26, 2019 4:00 pm

With the removal of SPG cover from Singh, the top-notch security cover will now be given only to PM Narendra Modi and the Gandhis -- Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka.

Mamata Banerjee recalls Kashmir principle of Vajpayee on his first death anniversary

August 17, 2019 4:13 am

Banerjee stated that on Independence Day, the people of Kashmir should not feel depressed. “We don’t want Kashmiris to stay separated from us, we want them to live peacefully. On Independence Day, we pray that they don’t stay depressed,” said Banerjee.

Each UP division to get residential school named after Vajpayee: Yogi

August 17, 2019 3:34 am

The CM was speaking at an event to mark Vajpayee’s first death anniversary.

Rajnath on 'no first use' nuclear policy: 'What happens in future depends on circumstances'

August 16, 2019 7:46 pm

Paying tribute to Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his first death anniversary in Pokhran, Singh said, "Till today, our nuclear policy has been 'No First Use', till date. What happens in future depends on the circumstances."

The country's democracy must remain eternal: Atal Bihari Vajpayee

August 17, 2019 9:04 am

In this inspiring video, the statesman whose first death anniversary has been observed on August 16 this year, said that the country's democracy must remain "eternal" despite struggles.

Article 370 scrapped: 'What an utter betrayal of trust,' Mehbooba invokes Vajpayee to slam Modi government

August 05, 2019 4:31 pm

What was it that former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee had said that made Mehbooba Mufti declare 'today we feel his absence the most'?

Atal Bihari Vajpayee name will now be part of institute attached to RML Hospital

August 01, 2019 2:42 am

The newly renamed medical institute will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 16, the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

When Vajpayee vetoed Jaswant Singh on joining US war after 9/11

July 30, 2019 8:46 am

After services chiefs said no to India joining Enduring Freedom, Atal Bihari Vajpayee said ‘isko thoda sochna padega’, writes Admiral Sushil Kumar who was Navy chief then.

Soldiers who laid down their lives in Kargil are an inspiration, especially to young Indians

July 26, 2019 7:47 am

The men who never returned from the conflict lived and walked among us 20 years ago. These bravehearts were all young, most just into their 20s and yet their courage was that of veteran warriors.

In bid to increase enrolment, Delhi municipal schools renamed after Vajpayee

July 14, 2019 9:03 am

The development comes days after the Centre-run Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital proposed that its medical institute be called Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research.


Vajpayee death anniversary: President Kovind, PM Modi pay tribute

August 16, 2019 10:06 am

Vajpayee was born on December 25, 1924 and joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as a teenager in 1939, and became a full-time worker in 1947.

A look at Bogibeel bridge, India's longest rail-road link

December 31, 2018 9:08 am

The inauguration of Bogibeel bridge coincides with the birth anniversary of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, under whose government the work for the bridge had started in 2002

Nirav Modi, Priya Varrier, Indu Malhotra, Navjot Singh Sidhu: Newsmakers of 2018

December 25, 2018 7:31 am

From Urjit Patel's resignation to the demise of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, 2018 has been an eventful year. Here is a recap of the year in photographs

Atal Bihari Vajpayee's charm kept coalition alive, opponents happy

August 17, 2018 7:09 am

Success didn't come easily for Vajpayee, who was born on December 25 in 1924 in Gwalior into a family of moderate means. His father was a teacher. Vajpayee would later recall his early brush with poverty.

Rare and unseen photos of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee

December 25, 2018 11:37 am

Today marks the 94th birth anniversary of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

As Atal Bihari Vajpayee is admitted to AIIMS, leaders from PM Modi to Rahul Gandhi visit

June 13, 2018 5:45 pm

BJP leader L K Advani, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, party chief Amit Shah, Health Minister J P Nadda, Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan and Congress president Rahul Gandhi were among those who paid a visit to the ailing leader.

Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee's political journey: Rare pictures from Express Archives

March 27, 2015 5:41 pm

One of India’s most charismatic leaders, Vajpayee is lauded as a statesman and has been often described as the moderate face of BJP.


RSS to ABVP to BJP, Ananth Kumar stayed relevant from Vajpayee’s party to Modi’s cabinet

November 12, 2018 2:07 pm

Ananth Kumar passed away on Monday morning due to pancreatic cancer. Through the years, he has managed to be one of the men that found a place in Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s cabinet in NDA-I to NDA-II under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Vajpayee’s detractors said he had the backbone of a jellyfish, but I think that’s an unkind remark: Coomi Kapoor

August 17, 2018 6:45 pm

How and why was Vajpayee able to win allies and the Opposition alike? What was like to work with Vajpayee, the prime minister? What was his dream for the Indian subcontinent? Coomi Kapoor discuss all of this and more.

How India bid farewell to Atal Bihari Vajpayee

August 17, 2018 4:46 pm

He has been called a master orator, a statesman, a former prime minister. On August 17, 2018 India bid adieu to a leader who led the BJP to power for the first time over. Farewell, Atal Bihari . See more:

Vajpayee was an inclusive leader. He let colleagues do their job and critics speak up: Arun Shourie

August 16, 2018 1:56 pm

As India loses one of its most charismatic prime ministers, former Rajya Sabha MP Arun Shourie talks talks about all that Vajpayee stood for. “When Vajpayee ji made a promise, people believed him. There was a reason for that.”

Modi says Congress' made a mess of Andhra bifurcation, just the way it did during Partition

July 21, 2018 11:26 am

Looking back into history, Modi said, "three states were created even under former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee but they are functioning smoothly. Congress' handling of Andhra Pradesh bifurcation is a mess, just like the Partition of India and Pakistan".

Modi Vs Vajpayee: Who Said What

April 08, 2016 11:15 am

Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas dedicated to overseas Indians: Swaraj

January 09, 2016 12:38 pm

New Delhi, Jan 09 (ANI): While addressing the Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas on Saturday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that the day is dedicated to overseas Indians. Explaining about the day, Swaraj said in the year 2003, under the leadership of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a decision was taken to celebrate Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas on January 9. She further stated that the reason behind selecting January 9 for Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas was that Mahatma Gandhi had returned from South Africa on this day in 1915 and this day is being celebrated across the world.