Atal Bihari Vajpayee quotes

Atal Bihari Vajpayee photo
30   1

Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Birthdate: 24. December 1924
Date of death: 16. August 2018

Atal Bihari Vajpayee was an Indian politician, statesman and a poet who served three terms as the Prime Minister of India, first for a term of 13 days in 1996, then for a period of 13 months from 1998 to 1999, and finally, for a full term from 1999 to 2004. A member of the Bharatiya Janata Party , he was the first Indian prime minister who was not a member of the Indian National Congress party to have served a full five-year term in office.

He was a member of the Indian Parliament for over five 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 until 2009 when he retired from active politics due to health concerns. Vajpayee was among the founding members of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh , of which he was the president from 1968 to 1972. The BJS merged with several other parties to form the Janata Party, which won the 1977 general election. Vajpayee became the Minister of External Affairs in the cabinet of Prime Minister Morarji Desai. He resigned in 1979, and the Janata alliance collapsed soon after. The erstwhile members of the BJS formed the BJP in 1980, with Vajpayee as its first president.

During his tenure as prime minister, India carried out the Pokhran-II nuclear tests in 1998. Vajpayee sought to improve diplomatic relations with Pakistan, travelling to Lahore by bus to meet with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. After the 1999 Kargil War with Pakistan, he sought to restore relations through engaging with President Pervez Musharraf, inviting him to India for a summit at Agra.

He was conferred India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee in 2015. The administration of Narendra Modi declared in 2014 that Vajpayee's birthday, 25 December, would be marked as Good Governance Day. He died on 16 August 2018 due to an age-related illness. Wikipedia

„I think Vajpayee is a dyed-in-the-wool RSS man.“

—  Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Prof. Paul Brass, as quoted in Elst, K. On Modi Time : Merits And Flaws of Hindu Activism In Its Day Of Incumbency – 2015.

„Unfortunately, we live in an age of political dwarfs, political managers without vision or courage. But their time is running out.“

—  Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Vajpayee interviewed by Erich Follath and Tiziano Terzani: “Guru der Nationen”, Der Spiegel, 1996/19, p. 163. quoted from Elst, Koenraad (2001). Decolonizing the Hindu mind: Ideological development of Hindu revivalism. New Delhi: Rupa. p.168
Context: We, the Indians, as Guru of the Nations: yes, I believe in that. We can be—or once more become— the hope of mankind. But that requires efforts and courage to be ourselves culturally. Unfortunately, we live in an age of political dwarfs, political managers without vision or courage. But their time is running out.

„Kinchit nahin bhaybhit main, Kartavya path par jo bhi mile, Yeh bhi sahi woh bhi sahi
English translation:I am not afraid of defeat and victory, whatever comes my way of duty, I will accept it, because this is true and that is true.“

—  Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Quoted from The truth according to Vajpayee, 24 November 2009, The Telegraph http://www.telegraphindia.com/1091124/jsp/nation/story_11777931.jsp,

„Secularists like you don’t have to spend sleepless nights over this. I will carry the secular baggage on my broad shoulders.“

—  Atal Bihari Vajpayee

In reply to question by the correspondent if incidents like the hijack would do irreparable damage to the BJP and his image, the plane flying from Delhi to Lucknow was hijacked quoted in "The truth according to Vajpayee".

„In our search for a lasting solution to the Kashmir problem, both in its external and internal dimensions, we shall not traverse solely on the beaten track of the past. Mindsets will have to be altered and historical baggage jettisoned.“

—  Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Quoted in [Sumantra Bose, Kashmir: Roots of Conflict, Paths to Peace, http://www.questia.com/read/118148594/kashmir-roots-of-conflict-paths-to-peace, 2003, Harvard University Press, 1]

„Russia and India both have a geopolitical interest in a peaceful and stable Asia, which would be relieved of outward pressure and would not harbour and suffer from extremists…. Russia and India must do their best so that international community's efforts in Afghanistan were not futile.“

—  Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Before signing of declaration on global challenges and threats to international security and stability with Russia's president Vladimir Putin quoted in Putin, Vajpayee to sign declaration on global challenges, 12 November 2003, Pravda http://english.pravda.ru/news/russia/12-11-2003/53753-0/,

„I have a vision of India: an India free of hunger and fear, an India free of illiteracy and want. I dream of an India that is prosperous, strong and caring. An India, that regains a place of honour in the comity of great nations.“

—  Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Vajpayee during his 1999 Independence Day speech. Quoted from Vajpayee No More: Here Are His Five Most Powerful Quotes https://swarajyamag.com/insta/vajpayee-no-more-here-are-his-five-most-powerful-quotes Swaraja, Aug 16 2018

„India is not a piece of land, but a living entity.“

—  Atal Bihari Vajpayee

As quoted in Agnohotri, V. (2018). Urban Naxals: The making of Buddha in a traffic jam. Also quoted in Kashmir integral part of India, Article 370 should be scrapped: Vijay Rupani https://indianexpress.com/elections/gujarat-assembly-elections-2017/kashmir-integral-part-of-india-article-370-should-be-scrapped-vijay-rupani-4934767/ Indian Express.

„Hindu body and soul, Hindu life, in every pore my identity is of a Hindu“

—  Atal Bihari Vajpayee

His poem quoted in "The truth according to Vajpayee".
Original: (tl) Hindu tan man, Hindu Jeevan, Rag rag Hindu mera parichay.

„This terrible tragedy has created the opportunity to fashion a determined global response to terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, wherever it exists and under whatever name. I assured President Bush of India's complete support in this.“

—  Atal Bihari Vajpayee

After his meeting with George W. Bush in Washington in 2001 A World United, 5 December 2013, The White House http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/national-anthem/newdelhi.html,

„I would like this house to join me in paying fulsome tribute to our scientists, engineers and defence personnel whose singular achievements have given us a renewed sense of national pride and self confidence.“

—  Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Extract from Suo Motto statement made in the Parliament, after India’s underground nuclear tests conducted on 11 May 1998.[Sujata K. Dass, Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Prime Minister of India, http://books.google.com/books?id=N8wnA7EtB0IC, 1 January 2004, Gyan Publishing House, 978-81-7835-277-0, 39]

„India is an ancient nation and not nation in the making. We are not to build a new nation but to make this ancient nation virile to face the challenge of modern times.“

—  Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha Session, Indore – September, 7-8, 1968
Quotes from ataljee.org

Similar authors

Indíra Gándhí photo
Indíra Gándhí35
Indian politician and Prime Minister
Jawaharlal Nehru photo
Jawaharlal Nehru110
Indian lawyer, statesman, and writer, first Prime Minister …
Golda Meir photo
Golda Meir37
former prime minister of Israel
Winston S. Churchill photo
Winston S. Churchill601
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Vladimir Putin photo
Vladimir Putin106
President of Russia, former Prime Minister
Mahatma Gandhi photo
Mahatma Gandhi238
pre-eminent leader of Indian nationalism during British-rul…
Margaret Thatcher photo
Margaret Thatcher348
British stateswoman and politician
Benito Mussolini photo
Benito Mussolini122
Duce and President of the Council of Ministers of Italy. Le…
C. V. Raman photo
C. V. Raman20
Indian physicist
Fidel Castro photo
Fidel Castro77
former First Secretary of the Communist Party and President…
Today anniversaries
Fyodor Dostoyevsky photo
Fyodor Dostoyevsky155
Russian author 1821 - 1881
Ashley Purdy photo
Ashley Purdy1
American musician 1984
W.B. Yeats photo
W.B. Yeats254
Irish poet and playwright 1865 - 1939
Joseph Brodsky photo
Joseph Brodsky17
Russian and American poet and Nobel Prize for Literature la… 1940 - 1996
Another 68 today anniversaries
Similar authors
Indíra Gándhí photo
Indíra Gándhí35
Indian politician and Prime Minister
Jawaharlal Nehru photo
Jawaharlal Nehru110
Indian lawyer, statesman, and writer, first Prime Minister …
Golda Meir photo
Golda Meir37
former prime minister of Israel
Winston S. Churchill photo
Winston S. Churchill601
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Vladimir Putin photo
Vladimir Putin106
President of Russia, former Prime Minister