A poet, a true nationalist at heart, Our Former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee sacrificed his entire life for the country. He did not die for it but lived to see its aims and aspirations getting fulfilled.

Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee

  • Atal Bihari Vajpayee entered PMO with trouble as there was a massive Asian economic crisis and later followed by the dot com burst that hurt Indian companies.
  • But by the December of 2004, Indian economy was again on its feet.
  • Major progress in infrastructure occurred in his term with new expressway roads, modern airports etc, constructing for new India.

National highway development Project by Atal bihari vajpayee

  • He was the one, who boldly took India nuclear that hurt in the short term, but removed the uncertainty and is now recognized as a nuclear power giving us access to new technology.

Nuclear Test at Pokhran

  • He made a sincere attempt to mend relationships with Pakistan and when that was betrayed decisively acted in Kargil war.
  • India also healed its long weakened ties with the west, without impacting ties with oldest-friend Russia!

Russian President Mr. Vladimir V. Putin being received by the President Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam and the Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee

  • He abolished the draconian MRTP which though diluted by P V Narasimha Rao but not repealed put the undue restriction on the profitability of Companies and replaced it with a market friendly Competition Act.
  • Kelkar Task Force was set up to initiate Tax Reforms which led towards a simplified tax regime thus attracting investment.
  • Expenditure Reforms Commission was set up to reduce revenue expenditure of the Government.
  • His Government passed the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act which put a legal burden on the Govt to be fiscally responsible. He even gave incentive to states to be fiscally responsible which they followed and agreed to.
  • He initiated the process of reforming all BFSI(Banking, Financial Services and Insurance) institutions. IRDA was setup.
  • Stock Exchanges were reformed, corporatized, demutualized and made globally competent.
  • Foreign Investment was promoted in India, something which had become unthinkable in India.
  • Pension Sector reforms were initiated which led to the reduction of burden on the public exchequer.
  • Public Sector Reforms were initiated and he had the courage to sell sick PSUs and go for strategic disinvestment in PSUs.
  • Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana – Fully funded by the central government, it created all all-weather road connectivity to unconnected villages which led to their economic integration with the national market.

Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana

These measures may not seem all shiny and glorious, but these are the steps responsible for the 8-9% growth UPA.

Below is one of the famous speech by Atal Bhari Vajpayee, “Here comes my resignation, Mr Speaker!” in Lok Sabha.

https://youtu.be/C1giFWEJHCM

He wrote wonderful poems and has beautifully penned hi thoughts.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee, an Orator par excellence

We, as Indians, must recognize our national heroes and give them the respect they deserve. A nation that forgets its heroes will itself be forgotten.

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