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 Atal Bihari Vajpayee (1924 - 2018)
Born on December 25, 1924 at Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh to Shri Krishna Bihari Vajpayee, a school teacher. Educated at Victoria (now Laxmibai) College, Gwalior and DAV College, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, Shri Vajpayee holds a M.A. (Political Science) degree and has many literary artistic and scientific accomplishments to his credit.
Parliamentarian, poet, journalist and social worker he has an experience for over 40 years in Parliament. Atalji was the founding member of Jan Sangh and was elected leader of the parliamentary party. Known for his frank views and his statesmanship Atalji, is a writer and poet par excels. In fact once Nehru had said that this man shall become the Prime Minister of India.

He has been a Member of Parliament since 1957 when he was first elected to the 2nd Lok Sabha. Subsequently, he was elected to the 5th, 6th and 7th Lok Sabha and again to the 10th and 11th Lok Sabha. He was detained during Emergency in 1975-1977. He made history when he addressed the UN General Assembly in Hindi. Recently, he again addressed the Assembly in Hindi as the PM of India.

He edited Rashtradharma (a Hindi monthly), Panchjanya (a Hindi weekly) and the dailies Swadesh and Veer Arjun.

Shri Vajpayee was conferred Padma Vibhushan in 1992 in recognition of his services to the Nation. Well known and respected for his love for poetry and an eloquent speaker, Shri Vajpayee is known to be a voracious reader. He is fond of Indian music and dance. A bachelor, Vajpayee has often publicly expressed his desire to "divorce" politics, which does not seem so easy. Atalji is one of the finest statesmen in Independent India.
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