Atal Bihari Vajpayee Age, Death, Caste, Biography, Wife, Children, Family & More
Bio/Wiki NicknameAtal Ji, Baap Ji Profession(s)Politician, Statesman, Poet, Author Physical Stats & More Height (approx.)in centimeters- 168 cm in meters- 1.68 m in feet inches- 5’ 6” Eye ColourBlack Hair ColourGrey Politics Political PartyBharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
Some Lesser Known Facts About Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Did Atal Bihari Vajpayee smoke?: Yes
Did Atal Bihari Vajpayee drink alcohol?: Yes
He was born on the day of Christmas in the Gwalior State of British India.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Childhood Photo
His ancestral village is- Bateshwar in the Agra district of Uttar Pradesh and his grandfather, Pandit Shyam Lal Vajpayee, had migrated to Morena in Madhya Pradesh from Bateshwar.
He received his schooling from Gorkhi, Maharaja Bara, Gwalior, the same school where his father, Krishna Bihari, remained headmaster between 1935 and 1937. His father was promoted to inspector of schools and also went on to become the director. His father is also known to have written the school prayer.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s School in Gwalior
He was awarded a first class Post Graduate degree in Political Science from DAV College in Kanpur.
He started his activism with the Arya Kumar Sabha of Gwalior.
Having been influenced by Babasaheb Apte, he joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in 1939 and became its full-time worker (technically a “Pracharak”) in 1947.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Attending RSS Workshop
Before joining the RSS, Atal was influenced by the concept of Communism.
He shared the hostel with his father at the DAV College, Kanpur while studying Law.
He had to give up his Law studies due to the partition riots.
He was sent to Uttar Pradesh as a Vistarak (Probationary Pracharak) and started working for Deendayal Upadhyaya’s newspapers- Panchjanya (a Hindi weekly), Rashtradharma (a Hindi monthly), and the dailies Veer Arjun & Swadesh.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee in His Younger Days
In 1942, he was arrested for 23 days, along with his elder brother Prem, for participating in Quit India Movement and was released on the condition (in written) that he would never participate in any anti-British struggle.
He became an ardent follower and aid to Shyama Prasad Mukherjee (founder of Bhartiya Jana Sangh), and in 1953, he went on a fast-unto-death, along with Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, in Kashmir to protest against the procedure of carrying a permit to visit Kashmir. Mukherjee died during the protest, which shattered the young Vajpayee.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s Political Guru Shyama Prasad Mukherjee
In 1957, Atal was elected to the Lok Sabha in the Second General Elections for the first time from the Balrampur constituency in Uttar Pradesh.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Addressing A Rally
Atal Bihari Vajpayee is known for his orations world over and in 1957, in his maiden speech in the Lok Sabha, he earned laurels from many veteran parliamentarians including the then Prime Minister of India- Jawaharlal Nehru who predicted about him- “One day this young man would become the Prime Minister of India.”
In 1977, 30 years of Congress rule was ended, and a new government was formed at the centre. In this new government, Atal Bihari became the External Affairs Minister, and in April 1977, when he entered his office in the South Block, he found the portrait of Jawaharlal Nehru was missing and then he said to the staff present there- “I want it back.”
In 1977, Atal Bihari Vajpayee became the first person to address the United Nations in Hindi.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee is considered one of the most successful External Affairs Ministers of India and during his tenure as the External Affairs Minister, he achieved a number of accolades and did some important negotiations. The then US President- Jimmy Carter also made a visit to India in 1978, when Atal Bihari was the External Affairs Minister of India.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee With Jimmy Carter
In his entire political life, there was no serious graft on him. However, he was highly criticized for inciting the mob for the demolition of “Babri Mosque” in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. A video was also surfaced regarding that speech which he delivered a few days before the demolition of Babri Masjid on 6 December 1992.
On 16 May 1996, he became the 10th Prime Minister of India and that too for only 13 days; then for 13 months in 1998; and again for a full 5-year term in 1999. He is the only non-Congress Prime Minister of India to have served the government for a full 5-year term.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee In Prime Minister Office
On 13 May 1998, he put India in the league of the World’s elite nuclear club after the successful nuclear test at Pokhran in Rajasthan named- Operation Shakti.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee At Pokhran Test
On 19 February 1999, he took a bus journey to Lahore in Pakistan in order to build strong relations with Pakistan.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Lahore Bus Journey
In 2001, he underwent a knee-replacement surgery at the Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai, and in 2009, he suffered a stroke which impaired his speech.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Deteriorated Health
On 23 December 2002, while inaugurating the first section of the Metro in Delhi, he also had bought a ticket for himself to travel in the Metro train. He also became the first passenger of the Delhi Metro.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Buying A Metro Ticket In Delhi
According to reports, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Rajkumari Kaul (his collegemate in Gwalior) had feelings for each other. Once, he also wrote a letter to her and placed it in a book in the college library, but he didn’t receive a reply from Rajkumari Kaul. However, this vital part of Atal’s life journey has been out of public discussions. In an interview, he neither accepted nor denied his affairs.
Former Prime Minister of India, P. V. Narasimha Rao, was a close friend of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee With Narasimha Rao
He was by far the only parliamentarian who had been elected from 4 different states- Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, and Gujarat.
He is also considered one of the finest poets of India, and he had written a number of inspirational poems.
His poems have also been used in the entertainment industry, and many acclaimed Bollywood playback singers including Lata Mangeshkar and Jagjit Singh have lent their voices to some of his poems.
He remained a Member of Parliament for 47 years (2 times from the Rajya Sabha and 11 times from the Lok Sabha).
Apart from being a liberal politician, Atal was also very affectionate towards the animals.
Atal Bihari Bajpayee Playing With A Dog
On 24 December 2018, a day before Atal Bihari’s 94th birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi released ₹100 coins in memory of him.
100 rupee coin released in honour of Atal Bihari Vajpayee
After suffering from a chronic illness, he left this world forever on 16 August 2018.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Death News Bulletin Issued By AIIMS
Here’s an interesting video about Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s biography: