Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Interesting facts about the 'Bhishma Pitamah' of the Indian politics

Published: 16th August 2018 06:07 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th August 2018 10:45 PM  

One of the most loved and respected politicians of all time, Atal Bihari Vajpayee is counted as one of the greatest politicians India has ever produced breathe his last at 93. Also called as the 'Bhishma Pitamah' of Indian politics Vajpayee had not only won the hearts of his countrymen but also his oppositions. Due to his great oratory skills, he was the most loved and well-respected leader during his time. He could make any speech and conversation interesting that even the opponents could not stop admiring him.  Here are some of the interesting facts that you didn't know about him. (Photo | PTI)
He went to college with his father: Atal Ji attended DAV College in Kanpur along with his father who was interested to study as well. They studied in the same class and lived in the same hostel. (Photo| EPS)
Dropped out of the college: Vajpayee dropped out of his law college to run an RSS magazine in the early 1950s. His sister used to throw away his pants outside the house because his father was a government employee and didn't allow him to wear the RSS Khaki uniform. (Photo| EPS)
He wanted to become a journalist: Vajpayee in an interview confessed that he always wanted to become a journalist but entered politics by mistake. (Photo| PTI)
Won his first election in 1957: After the sudden death of Shyama Prasad Mookerjee due to illness before the election, Vajpayee took the baton from him and he won his first election to Parliament in 1957. (Photo| EPS)
Elected to Lok Sabha for ten times: Due to his keen intelligence and grounding in politics, Vajpayee got elected to Lok Sabha for a record ten times and twice for Rajya Sabha. He was the most popular politician and the first ever non-Congress PM to serve a full term of five years in office. He might be the only political leader in India to be respected by his opponents as well. (Photo| EPS)
First Hindi speaker in UN General Assembly: Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the first External Affairs Minister and the first person to deliver a speech in Hindi in the United Nations General Assembly in 1977. (Photo| EPS)
Empowered the nation with Nuclear Weapons: One of the key elements during his government was that he allowed the testing of nuclear weapons in 1998. Multiple nuclear tests were conducted during his tenure. (Photo| EPS)
Vajpayee started Delhi-Lahore bus service: He always wanted to bring a peaceful alliance with the neighbouring country Pakistan. To bring in full- scale diplomatic peace process, he inaugurated the historic Delhi-Lahore bus service in February 1999. (Photo| PTI)
His birthday is celebrated as 'Good Governance Day': Vajpayee's birthday which falls on 25th December has been declared as 'Good Governance Day' by the NDA government. (Photo| EPS)
His immense love for poetry: Vajpayee's passion was 'Poems'. He has released two albums with Jagjit Singh featuring his popular poems: Nayi Disha (1999) and Samvedna (2002). (Photo| PTI)
Remained a bachelor throughout his life: Atal Bihari Vajpayee never married and remained a bachelor throughout his life. Although, he adopted a daughter- Namita. (Photo| PTI)
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