By Kingshuk Nag

From being one of many earliest participants of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, Vajpayee blossomed right into a top competition MP by way of the overdue Nineteen Sixties, went directly to develop into exterior Affairs Minister within the short-lived Janata govt and, eventually in 1999, to move the 1st non-Congress executive to accomplish a whole time period in workplace. That it was once a coalition govt made the feat the entire extra striking, and testifies to the truth that even though wedded to a right-wing political ideology, Vajpayee didn't think within the politics of exclusion.
A protégé of Jana Sangh stalwarts like Syama Prasad Mukherjee and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, Vajpayee gained the admiration of Jawaharlal Nehru, was once consulted via his daughter Indira Gandhi—whom he by no means lacked the braveness to criticize—and befriended via fiery exchange unionist George Fernandes even sooner than they grew to become political allies. He therefore displayed an strange skill to hold alongside all colors of political opinion—an skill that got here to the fore while he headed the nationwide Democratic Alliance govt among 1999 and 2004. And at the back of this public personality was once an strange own existence, carried out with such dignity as to stay freed from innuendo.
In this publication, journalist Kingshuk Nag lines the political trip of this tall parliamentarian of over 4 a long time, who used to be conferred the Bharat Ratna in December 2014. Atal Bihari Vajpayee: a guy for All Seasons is a definitive account of the existence and occasions of 1 of India’s such a lot illustrious non-Congress leaders.

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