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Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihar Vajpayee was 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 was also known for his great oratory skills. Apart from being a politician, he was 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. He died on August 16, 2018.


February 16, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Atal wanted talks

February 15, 2021 11:25 pm

Both Morarji Desai and Atal Bihari Vajpayee, when in power, had told Pakistan that they were willing to hold discussions on Kashmir “whenever you want, wherever you want” according to Agha Shahi, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister.

What happened during Vajpayee's 13-months prime ministerial term from 1998 to 1999

January 03, 2021 8:26 am

Shakti Sinha's book Vajpayee: The Years That Changed India is an insider's account of the tumultuous 13 months

Why does the BJP keep winning? New book says it is all about organisation and unity

December 28, 2020 5:55 pm

Dr Vinay Sitapati, whose latest book, 'Jugalbandi: The BJP before Modi' is on the shelves now, says because the state election showed the cadre, Narendra Modi was able to show that you could believe in Hindutva, you could wave the Hindutva flag and you could win elections. The day the cadre figured that out, they realised they don’t need the Jugalbandi of Vajpayee and Advani anymore.

Vajpayee foresaw danger of China’s unchecked rise: USIBC chief

December 26, 2020 4:28 am

US India Business Council chief Nisha Desai Biswal said Vajpayee “saw the importance of a US-India partnership, built on the foundation of our democratic values, to advance a rules-based order that would enable a more peaceful, prosperous and pluralistic Asia”.

President Kovind, PM Modi pay tributes to Atal Bihari Vajpayee on birth anniversary

December 25, 2020 5:05 pm

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited ‘Sadaiv Atal’ to pay floral tributes to the Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

No one like Atalji

December 24, 2020 10:21 pm

Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s popularity transcended political divides.

Vajpayee: New book to mark former PM's 96th birth anniversary

December 20, 2020 6:15 pm

It is written by author Shakti Sinha, who had worked with him very closely for three and a half years in the 1990s, first as a secretary to the leader of the Opposition (1996-97) and later as his private secretary (1998-99)

Inside Track: Sitapati’s new book traces the complex relationship between Vajpayee & Advani

November 08, 2020 9:36 am

Author, academician Vinay Sitapati’s new book Jugalbandi traces the complex relationship between BJP founders Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani.

Explained: How Atal Bihari Vajpayee took on the Jawaharlal Nehru govt over the 1962 Chinese aggression

October 03, 2020 7:01 am

From Rajya Sabha’s debates archives, excerpts from some selected instances when Vajpayee asked very pointed questions on the Chinese aggression, and the manner in which the government of the day responded.

Atalji, you still guide us

August 16, 2020 7:24 pm

On his death anniversary, it is important for the BJP and the country to remember the path he showed us.


On Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birth anniversary, here are some rare photographs that you wouldn’t have seen

December 26, 2019 8:36 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.

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

June 22, 2020 6:11 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

June 22, 2020 6:18 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

June 22, 2020 6:18 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

June 22, 2020 6:19 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

June 22, 2020 6:21 pm

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.