Today is the birthday of this great statesmanHe was born on 25th December, 1924. At a very young age, he joined the ''Quit India" movement. During his youth, he worked as the Secretary of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, the founder of Jan Sangha. He learnt first-hand the politics of India just after independence. He was first elected in the Lok Sabha way back in 1957. He took special interest in India's foreign affairs.
During the 1971 war, he praised Indira Gandhi in no uncertain terms despite being an opposition leader. But during the emergency, he was in jail. In 1977, he became the External Affairs Minister. During this tenure he went to China on an official visit. But he returned canceling the trip when China suddenly attacked Vietnam.
During his Prime Ministership, he started many new path-breaking schemes despite various compulsions of being the leader of a large coalition. He was instrumental in kicking out Pakistani intruders in Kargil in 1999. He was respected as a statesman all over the world.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee has been a true Bharat Ratna. My respect to this great leader of India on his birthday.