Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a Poet and a Statesman
· Not my nature to behave rudely with my political opponents : Atal ji
· After Gandhi, Nehru and Sardar, the most respected Indian politician
Dr. Hari Desai’s Weekly Column “Back to Roots” in Asian Voice, the Newsweekly of ABPL Group, London 23 December 2017 Web Link : http://bit.ly/2kJTZIj Blog : haridesai.blogspot.com
· Vajpayee has been liberal in expressing opinion about the Congress Prime Ministers unlike his party and RSS leaders. He finds Pandit Nehru “by nature a democrat, but somewhat headstrong. His capacity to take the House with him was unparalleled.” Atal ji finds Shastri proving “a worthy successor to Pandit Nehru”.
· While comparing Indira with Morarji Desai as the PM, Atal ji records: “She believed in talking little. After listening to all, she formed her opinion and expressed it at the end if at all. Morarji Desai’s personality was just the opposite. He expressed himself even before listening to others.”
· In the initial days the comment about Smt. Gandhi calling her “a dumb doll” was unfair to her, says Vajpayee. While Vajpayee denies comparing Smt. Gandhi with “Durga” in the Parliament, he does put on record: “I was also one of those who praised Indiraji highly for her successful leadership in the Bangladesh crisis” and “Shri Jagjivan Ram’s substantial contribution”.
· Atal Bihari, is pained to note: “In Parliament there is less discussion but more noise. Election have been reduced to a farce because of the use of money power on an expensive scale…The parties are forming the Governments on the strength of 30-35 per cent of votes….The society already divided by the considerations of caste, sub-caste, modes of worship, languages and different life styles is getting gradually disintegrated. Communalism is at its worst….In their lust for power the political parties do not refrain from giving encouragement to secessionist forces, so much so that they do not even desist from hobnobbing with anti-national elements.”