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Mr.Vajpayee with Current Prime minister Narendra Modi (right)

Former Indian Prime minister and BJP stalwart Mr.Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee celebrated his 91st birthday yesterday.He is one of the most respected politicians of all time and his tenure as the prime minister of this country brought many positive changes to India’s political scene.

Mr. Vajpayee was born on 25 December 1924 at Gwalior. He was a member of RSS (rashtriya swyamsevak sangh) and later went on to become the most influential voice in BJP.Atal Bihari Vajpayee was Indian prime minister from May 16-31, 1996, and then again from March 19, 1998 to May 13, 2004.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee (third from left ) at the Pokhran test site
Atal Bihari Vajpayee (third from left ) at the Pokhran test site

His tenure included major events like – the Kargil war, Gujarat riots,Gujarat earthquake , Asian meltdown leading to economic troubles , after effects of pokhran nuclear tests etc. He also introduced Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan to universalise education and privatised many state owned industries to increase employment.Under his leadership the Delhi metro project was also approved.He was an able administrator and throughout his rule a stable growth rate of 6-8 percent was witnessed in spite of so many crises.During his time he visited America four times and a technology transfer deal was also signed with US government.

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Mr. Vajpayee with US president Bill clinton

He also cemented India’s relationship with Russia.

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Mr. Vajpayee with russian president Putin

To felicitate his achievements the Indian government conferred him Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award on March 27,2015.He is also honoured with Padma Vibhushan (1992),  Lokmanya Tilak Puruskar and the Bharat Ratna Pt Govind Ballabh Pant Award for the Best Parliamentarian, both in 1994.

President Pranab Mukherjee honouring Vajpayee with Bharat Ratna
President Pranab Mukherjee honouring Vajpayee with Bharat Ratna

Though Vajpayee has retreated from the political limited due to age related illnesses he is still the most venerated member in the political scene.

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