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Did you know? Atal Bihari Vajpayee shared a special connection with Lucknow – City Of Nawab

Did you know? Atal Bihari Vajpayee shared a special connection with Lucknow


ठन गई!
मौत से ठन गई!

जूझने का मेरा इरादा न था,
मोड़ पर मिलेंगे इसका वादा न था,

रास्ता रोक कर वह खड़ी हो गई,
यों लगा ज़िन्दगी से बड़ी हो गई।

मौत की उमर क्या है? दो पल भी नहीं,
ज़िन्दगी सिलसिला, आज कल की नहीं।

मैं जी भर जिया, मैं मन से मरूं,
लौटकर आऊँगा, कूच से क्यों डरूं?

तू दबे पांव, चोरी-छिपे से न आ,
सामने वार कर फिर मुझे आज़मा।

मौत से बेख़बर, ज़िन्दगी का सफ़र,
शाम हर सुरमई, रात बंसी का स्वर।

बात ऐसी नहीं कि कोई ग़म ही नहीं,
दर्द अपने-पराए कुछ कम भी नहीं।

प्यार इतना परायों से मुझको मिला,
न अपनों से बाक़ी हैं कोई गिला।

हर चुनौती से दो हाथ मैंने किये,
आंधियों में जलाए हैं बुझते दिए।

आज झकझोरता तेज़ तूफ़ान है,
नाव भंवरों की बांहों में मेहमान है।

पार पाने का क़ायम मगर हौसला,
देख तेवर तूफां का, तेवरी तन गई।

मौत से ठन गई|

                                                                                    -Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vaypayee an Indian Politician who served thrice as Prime Minister of India, first for a term of 13 days in 1996, secondly for a period of eleven months from 1998 to 1999, and then for a full term from 1999 to 2004. And he was also a member of the Indian Parliament for over four decades, having been elected to the Lok Sabha, the lower house, ten times, and twice to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house. He served as the Member of Parliament for Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh until 2009 when he retired from active politics due to health concerns. Vajpayee was among the founding members of the erstwhile Bharatiya Jana Sangh which he also headed from 1968 to 1972. He was the Minister of External Affairs in the cabinet of Prime Minister Morarji Desai.

Atal ji did his schooling from the Saraswati Shishu Mandir, Gwalior. He subsequently attended Gwalior’s Victoria College (now Laxmi Bai College) and graduated with distinction in Hindi, English and Sanskrit. He completed his post-graduation with an M.A. in Political Science from DAV College, Kanpur, and was awarded a first-class degree.His activism started with Arya Kumar Sabha of Gwalior, the youth wing of the Arya Samaj, of which he became the general secretary in 1944. He also joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as a swayamsevak, or volunteer, in 1939. Influenced by Babasaheb Apte, he attended the Officers Training Camp of the RSS during 1940–44 and became a pracharak, RSS terminology for a a full-time worker, in 1947. He gave up studying law due to the partition riots. He was sent as a vistarak, a probationary pracharak, to Uttar Pradesh and quickly began working for the newspapers of Deendayal Upadhyaya, Rashtradharma (a Hindi monthly), Panchjanya (a Hindi weekly) and the dailies Swadesh and Veer Arjun.

Vajpayee remained a bachelor his entire life. He adopted and raised as his own child Namita Bhattacharya, the daughter of longtime friend Rajkumari Kaul and BN Kaul. He was a published poet, and with regard to his poetry he wrote, “My poetry is a declaration of war, not an exordium to defeat. It is not the defeated soldier’s drumbeat of despair, but the fighting warrior‘s will to win. It is not the despirited voice of dejection but the stirring shout of victory.


India won the Kargil war in 1999 and Vajpayee was hailed for his successful handling of the situation. In june 1999, Pakistan’s hostilities in Kargil pushed both countries to the brink of full-scale war. The Kargil victory cemented Vajpayee’s reputation as a strong and able leader. Vajpayee never hid his bitterness whenever Kargil was mentioned, but he tried to build peace with Pakistan again by holding a historic summit in Agra with the then leader of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, in 2001. The summit, however, failed.


During his second term as Prime Minister, Vajpayee ordered nuclear tests in May 1998, barely a month after the government into power. He Authorised a series of 5 nuclear tests in the Pokhran desert of Rajasthan. These tests were regarded as a national milestone. The test were a strategic masterstroke to blunt Pakistan’s nuclear ambitions while at the same time announcing a moratorium on future testing.


Atal ji was Awarded-
1992, Padma Vibhushan.
1993, D. Lit. from Kanpur University.
1994, Lokmanya Tilak Award.
1994, Outstanding Parliamentarian Award.
1994, Bharat Ratna Pandit Govind Vallabh Pant Award.
2015, Bharat Ratna.
2015, Bangladesh Liberation War honour. (Bangladesh Muktijuddho Sanmanona)

Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee shared a special connection with Lucknow-

~  Representing the Uttar Pradesh capital in the Lok Sabha for five consecutive terms.
~  Congress nominee Ranjeet Singh was the first one to be humbled in Lucknow by Mr Vajpayee when he fought for the seat in 1991.
~  Apart from 1991, Mr Vajpayee was elected to the Lok Sabha from Lucknow in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004.
~  BJP leaders make it a point to stress his Lucknow connection.
~  On August 5, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is the current MP from Lucknow, hailed him for setting in flow a “river of development” in the city.
~  The minister was inaugurating a series of projects, worth Rs. 938 crore for Lucknow and its neighbourhood.
~  No one can deny the fact that the ‘Vikaas ki Ganga’ in Lucknow was initiated by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and was taken further by former MP Lalji Tandon.
~  The Shaheed Path in Lucknow was begun by Atalji when he was the prime minister.
~  There is a very close relationship between our mission (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation-AMRUT) and Lucknow city. Lucknow has been the ‘karmabhoomi’ of ‘mahapurush’ Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
~  Atal Bihari Vajpayee made Lucknow the laboratory to improve urban life in the country.
~  As an MP, he benevolently gave funds for the construction of bridges in Gomtinagar area of the state capital. He initiated the cleaning of river Gomti and also played an important role in the establishment of Kurmanchal Nagar (a township in Lucknow).

Atal ji was admitted to AIIMS in critical condition. He died there at 5:05 pm IST on 16 August 2018 due to age related illness.

ATAL BIHARI VAYPAYEE (25december 1924- 16august 2018)
Definitely, A Great Loss to the Nation.

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