Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Profession: Politician, Statesman, Poet, Author

Brothers of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Avadh Bihari Vajpayee (Deputy Secretary in the Madhya Pradesh Government), Prem Bihari Vajpayee (worked in the state co-operative department), Suda Bihari Vajpayee (ran a book publishing firm)

Father of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Krishna Bihari Vajpayee (a Poet and School Teacher)

In 1942, he was arrested for 23 days, along with his elder brother Prem, for participating in Quit I of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

In 1977, 30 years of Congress rule was ended, and a new government was formed at the centre. In this of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Mother of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Krishna Devi (Homemaker)

Sisters of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Urmila Mishra (Homemaker), Vimala Mishra (Homemaker), Kamala Devi (Homemaker)

Favourite Actor(s) of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Sanjeev Kumar, Dilip Kumar

Favourite Actresses of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Suchitra Sen, Rakhee and Nutan, Hema Malini

Favourite Authors of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, Premchand

Favourite Classical Artist(s) of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Bhim Sen Joshi, Amjad Ali Khan and Hariprasad Chaurasia

Favourite Destination of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Manali (Himachal Pradesh, India)

Favourite Film(s) of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Bollywood- Devdas (1955), Bandini, Teesri Kasam, Mausam (1975), Mamta and Aandhi
Hollywood- Bridge Over the River Kwai, Born Free and Gandhi

Favourite Food(s) of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Chinese Cuisines, Prawns, Mungode, Gajar Ka Halwa, Alwar Milk Cake, Khichdi, Poori-Kachori, Dahi-Pakori, Kheer, Malpua, and Kachauri

Favourite Leader(s) of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi), Jawaharlal Nehru

Favourite Musician of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Sachin Dev Burman (S. D. Burman)

Favourite Playback Singer(s) of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Lata Mangeshkar, Mukesh and S.D. Burman

Favourite Poet(s) of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Ramnath Awasthi, Dr. Shiv Mangal Singh Suman, Surya Kanth Tripathi 'Nirala', Bal Krishna Sharma Naveen, Jagannath Prasad Milind and Faiz Ahmed Faiz

Favourite Politician(s) of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Syama Prasad Mukherjee, P. V. Narasimha Rao

Favourite Song(s) of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

"O mere majhi'', "sun mere bandhu re" by S.D. Burman and "Kabhi, Kabhi mere dil mein'' by Mukesh and Lata

Awards, Honours, Achievements of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

1992: Awarded with Padma Vibhushan (the second highest civilian award in India)
1994: Given the Best Parliamentarian Award
2015: Awarded with Bharat Ratna (the highest civilian award in India)

Controversies of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

In 1975, he was arrested along with other leaders during the Internal Emergency imposed by the then Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi.   He was also criticized to incite the public for the demolition of "Babri Mosque" in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.  

Information about Atal Bihari Vajpayee

He started his activism with the Arya Kumar Sabha of Gwalior.  Having been influenced by Babasaheb Apte, he joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in 1939 and became its full-time worker (technically a 'Pracharak') in 1947.  Did Atal Bihari Vajpayee smoke?: Yes  Before joining the RSS, Atal was influenced by the concept of Communism.  In 1942, he was arrested for 23 days, along with his elder brother Prem, for participating in Quit India Movement and was released on the condition (in written) that he would never participate in any anti-British struggle.  He became an ardent follower and aid to Shyama Prasad Mukherjee (founder of Bhartiya Jana Sangh), and in 1953, he went on a fast-unto-death, along with Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, in Kashmir to protest against the procedure of carrying a permit to visit Kashmir. Mukherjee died during the protest, which shattered the young Vajpayee.  Atal Bihari Vajpayee is known for his orations world over and in 1957, in his maiden speech in the Lok Sabha, he earned laurels from many veteran parliamentarians including the then Prime Minister of India- Jawaharlal Nehru who predicted about him- 'One day this young man would become the Prime Minister of India.'  In 1977, 30 years of Congress rule was ended, and a new government was formed at the centre. In this new government, Atal Bihari became the External Affairs Minister, and in April 1977, when he entered his office in the South Block, he found the portrait of Jawaharlal Nehru was missing and then he said to the staff present there- 'I want it back.'  Did Atal Bihari Vajpayee drink alcohol?: Yes  He received his schooling from Gorkhi, Maharaja Bara, Gwalior, the same school where his father, Krishna Bihari, remained headmaster between 1935 and 1937. His father was promoted to inspector of schools and also went on to become the director. His father is also known to have written the school prayer.  He was born on the day of Christmas in the Gwalior State of British India.  His ancestral village is- Bateshwar in the Agra district of Uttar Pradesh and his grandfather, Pandit Shyam Lal Vajpayee, had migrated to Morena in Madhya Pradesh from Bateshwar.  He was awarded a first class Post Graduate degree in Political Science from DAV College in Kanpur.  He was sent to Uttar Pradesh as a Vistarak (Probationary Pracharak) and started working for Deendayal Upadhyaya's newspapers- Panchjanya (a Hindi weekly), Rashtradharma (a Hindi monthly), and the dailies Veer Arjun & Swadesh.  In 1957, Atal was elected to the Lok Sabha in the Second General Elections for the first time from the Balrampur constituency in Uttar Pradesh. 

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