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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.


Bengaluru: Canopy of newly inaugurated Atal Bihari Vajpayee stadium collapses after heavy rain

May 09, 2022 2:38 pm

The stadium is owned by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and is spread over seven acre.

January 6, 1982, Forty Years Ago: Vajpayee’s Padyatra

January 06, 2022 12:19 am

Lok Dal President Charan Singh agreed to join Atal Bihari Vajpayee during his trip to Deoli for a padyatra from there to Sadhopur.

How Atal Bihari Vajpayee inspired the lives of many, including one to become the President of India

January 04, 2022 12:53 pm

From the late 1950, Atal Bihari Vajpayee made several visits to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, each imbued with a different emotion, reflecting the twists and turns of his political career

Maharashtra: BJP launches door-to-door outreach programme to spread word about Centre’s welfare schemes

December 25, 2021 2:46 pm

The door-to-door campaign will be undertaken in all the 36 districts of the state covering 355 talukas and 40,000 villages.

VP Naidu pays tributes to Vajpayee on his birth anniversary

December 25, 2021 12:02 pm

Vajpayee, the vice president said, brought systemic changes in governance to improve the lives of the people.

Ludhiana’s ‘Atal Apartments’ relaunched, this time by Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi

December 17, 2021 10:41 am

🔴 In October this year, the project also ran into an unusual political controversy after the Ludhiana Improvement Trust proposed to rechristen and relaunch the project as 'Sahir Ludhianvi Apartments' - as a tribute to poet, lyricist and poet from Ludhiana.

December 17, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Poland crackdown

December 16, 2021 11:44 pm

🔴 Reports reaching Western diplomats in Bonn said water cannon and baton charges were used against supporters of the Solidarity free trade union by army authorities administering the martial law imposed on Sunday.

Museum of PMs likely to be inaugurated on Vajpayee’s birth anniversary

November 22, 2021 4:00 am

The Rs 270 crore-museum, which was scheduled be completed in October 2020, faced repeated delays due to pandemic-related disruptions, and issues related to civil work and content curation.

Rename Habibganj railway station after Vajpayee: BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur

November 12, 2021 3:17 pm

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to dedicate the newly renovated Habibganj railway station with airport-like facilities to public during his visit here on November 15.

This is what's wrong with the concept of 'Jim Crow Hindutva'

October 27, 2021 7:34 am

Vamsee Juluri writes: South Asia studies scholars have not come up with any compelling new ideas of their own, and rely on borrowed vocabularies


BJP leaders pay tribute to Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his birth anniversary

December 25, 2021 6:59 pm

President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP President J P Nadda reached Sadaiv Atal to pay tribute to late BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

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.