18 Inspirational Quotes By Atal Bihari Vajpayee The Man Who Made The UN Sit Up And Take Notice With His Words.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the tenth Prime Minister of India who is well known for his oratory skills. Dubbed as the 'Bhishma Pitamah of Indian politics', Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee began his tryst with politics in independent India when social reformer called for protests against internal emergency declared during Indira Gandhi's regime.

He was appointed the Minister of External Affairs in the government formed by Janta Party headed by Morarji Desai. In 1977, Vajpayee addressed the United nations General Assembly in Hindi, the first time ever in history.

Prior to joining the right wing which comprised of RSS, Vajpayee was a communist afficianado. However the pro-Hinduism agenda of RSS grabbed his attention and he pledged his loyalties to them.

The statesman par excellence attended law school with his father and the two even shared the same dormitory. However, Atal abandoned legal studies in between in order to run a magazine for the RSS.

The former Prime Minister is a Hindu Brahmin yet he likes to devour non-vegetarian food, Chinese and prawns being his favorite.

Though Vajpayee has retired from active politics, his words still reverberate in our ears and shall continue for generations. Here are a few inspirational and thought-provoking quotes by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

I have a vision of India: an India free of hunger and fear, an India free of illiteracy and want.

- Atal Bihari Vajpayee

You can change friends but not neighbours. 

- Atal Bihari Vajpayee

It is easy to win elections by raising slogan of “garibi hatao” but slogans do not remove poverty.

- Atal Bihari Vajpayee

We hope the world will act in the spirit of enlightened self-interest.

- Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Our nuclear weapons are meant purely as a deterrent against nuclear adventure by an adversary.

- Atal Bihari Vajpayee

The reality is that international institutions like the UN can only be as effective as its members allow it to be. 

- Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Global interdependence today means that economic disasters in developing countries could create a backlash on developed countries.

- Atal Bihari Vajpayee

In the euphoria after the Cold War, there was a misplaced notion that the UN could solve every problem anywhere.

- Atal Bihari Vajpayee

No state should be allowed to profess partnership with the global coalition against terror, while continuing to aid, abet and sponsor terrorism.

- Atal Bihari Vajpayee

My government is committed to carrying out electoral reforms. It is our firm resolve to keep criminal elements away from power. 

- Atal Bihari Vajpayee

There was an implicit conviction that the UN would be stronger than the sum of its constituent member-states.

- Atal Bihari Vajpayee

The Bio-diversity Convention has not yielded any tangible benefits to the world's poor.

- Atal Bihari Vajpayee

I dream of an India that is prosperous, strong and caring. An India, that regains a place of honour in the comity of great nations.

- Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Terrorism has become a festering wound. It is an enemy of humanity.

- Atal Bihari Vajpayee

I would like that no citizen of the state feels alone and helpless. The entire nation is with them.

- Atal Bihari Vajpayee

We believe that ultimate victory will be ours, because we best represent the needs and aspirations of India today.

- Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Truth cannot be hidden for fear that somebody would exploit it.

- Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Politics is a game of compromise.

- Atal Bihari Vajpayee

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