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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.


When Atal Bihari Vajpayee called Karnam Malleswari 'Bharat ki beti’

April 03, 2020 8:10 am

Former weightlifter regrets missing the gold at 2000 Sydney Olympics but still relishes talking about the PM’s call and his shaayari that she couldn’t understand.

Forty Years Ago, February 26, 1980: Ram’s Apology

February 25, 2020 11:45 pm

In a brief statement, Ram blamed press reports on which he had based his “objectionable” speech at the two-day convention of his supporters.

Book by Jarnail Singh: ‘Decision-making was much quicker and firm during the Vajpayee period’

February 21, 2020 3:42 am

In the book, published by Konark Publishers, Singh also writes that the RSS could not exert much influence on the functioning of the PMO under Vajpayee.

Six months, 35 artistes to give shape to 25-ft Atal statue in Lucknow

December 26, 2019 4:32 am

Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the statue in Lucknow on Wednesday.

PM Modi launches Atal Bhujal Scheme, renames Rohtang Pass after Vajpayee

December 25, 2019 3:57 pm

PM Modi urged the start-up companies to come up with technology to ensure minimal use of water for various needs. He said the plan is to provide the remaining 15 crore rural households with piped water in the next five years.

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

December 25, 2019 9:44 am

Atal Bihari Vajpayee birth anniversary: Prime Minister Modi is also scheduled to unveil a 25-ft bronze statue of Vajpayee in Lucknow today. During his visit, PM will also lay the foundation stone of Atal Bihari Medical University.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee was known for firm policy, gentle politics

December 25, 2019 10:03 am

Vajpayee’s humility made him a man of the people and won over adversaries

Cabinet approves World Bank-funded Atal Jal, PM Modi to launch scheme today

December 25, 2019 2:26 am

The Atal Jal scheme had been approved by the World Bank board in June 2018. It was waiting for the Union cabinet’s approval for the last several months.

Centre decides to name tunnel under Rohtang Pass after Vajpayee

December 24, 2019 9:53 pm

The 8.8-km-long tunnel will be the world's longest above an altitude of 3,000 metres and will reduce the distance between Manali and Leh by 46 kilometres, according to the defence ministry.

PM Modi to unveil 25-ft Vajpayee statue in Lucknow on December 25

December 24, 2019 9:37 pm

The bronze statue was built in Jaipur. During his visit, PM Modi will also lay the foundation stone of Atal Bihari Medical University.


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

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.