Atal Bihari Vajpayee (born 25 December 1924 in Gwalior) is an Indian statesman who was the 10th Prime Minister of India, first for 13 days in 1996 and then from 1998 to 2004. A leader of the centre-right Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he is the only Prime Minister from outside the Indian National Congress party to serve a full five-year term.
A parliamentarian for over four decades, Vajpayee was elected to the Lok Sabha (the lower house of India’s Parliament) nine times, and twice to the Rajya Sabha (upper house). He also served as the Member of Parliament for Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, until 2009, when he retired from active politics due to health concerns. Vajpayee was one amongst the founder members of erstwhile Bharatiya Jana Sangh, which he had also headed. He was also the Minister of External Affairs in the cabinet of Morarji Desai. When Janata government collapsed, Vajpayee restarted the Jana Sangh as the Bharatiya Janata Party in 1980.
Vajpayee Ji has an adopted daughter, Namita. He is fond of Indian music and dance. He loves nature and one of his favorite retreats is Manali in Himachal Pradesh. Vajpayee Ji has said about his poetry, “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 dispirited voice of dejection but the stirring shout of victory.”
Some of his popular poetry and books are as follows
- Twenty-One Poems. (2003). ISBN 978-0-670-04917-2.
- Kya khoya kya paya: Atal Bihari Vajapeyi, vyaktitva aura kavitaem (Hindi Edition). (1999). ISBN 978-81-7028-335-5.
- Meri ikyavana kavitayen. (1995).
- Meri ikyavana kavitaem (Hindi Edition). (1995).
- Sreshtha kavita. (1997).
- Nayi Disha – an album with Jagjit Singh (1999)
- Samvedna – an album with Jagjit Singh (2002)
Just follow the links to read all the poems by Atal Ji