ATAL BIHARI VAJPAYEE IN MEMORIES

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Timeline of life and work of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Dec 25, 1924 Atal Bihari Vajpayee was born into a middle-class family in Gwalior. His father was Krishna Bihari Vajpayee, a school teacher and poet, and his mother was Krishna Devi.

1939 He joined the RSS as a swayamsevak and became a full-time worker in 1947.

1942 His first encounter with politics occurred in August 1942 at the time of the Quit India Movement.

Timeline of life and work of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Dec 25, 1924 Atal Bihari Vajpayee was born into a middle-class family in Gwalior. His father was Krishna Bihari Vajpayee, a school teacher and poet, and his mother was Krishna Devi.

1939 He joined the RSS as a swayamsevak and became a full-time worker in 1947.

1942 His first encounter with politics occurred in August 1942 at the time of the Quit India Movement.

1951 He joined the Bharatiya Jana Sangh when it was newly formed in 1951 and subsequently, he was motivated by the party leader Syama Prasad Mookerjee.

1957 He became a close aide to Syama Prasad Mookerjee, the founder of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, the BJP’s predecessor. He won his first election to Parliament

1975 He was arrested between 1975 to 1977 during the emergency imposed by the then PM Indira Gandhi. 

1977 He served as foreign minister in the Morarji Desai-led Janata Party government. I

1980 1980: The Janata Party broke up. The BJP was among the parties created in the fallout. Vajpayee was its first president.

1992 He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award in India 

1994 He also received the Lokmanya Tilak Puraskar and the Best Parliamentarian Award 

1996 Atal Bihari Vajpayee became Prime Minister after four decades in opposition. He resigned after 13 days with the BJP failing to muster enough support from other parties to show a majority.

1998 He became Prime Minister for a second time, leading the newly formed National Democratic Alliance, made up by the BJP and regional parties. 13 months later, he had to resign again after the AIADMK withdrew support.

1999 The BJP-led NDA again emerged as the largest political alliance in the general elections in the wake of the Kargil war victory. Vajpayee was made the Prime Minister for the third time in October.

2004 He resigned as Prime Minister in 2004 after Congress emerged as the single largest party in the general elections. 

2005 He announced his retirement from active politics in 2005 and didn’t contest the 2009 parliamentary polls.

2014 Vajpayee’s 90th birthday is observed as Good Governance Day.

2015 Prime Minister Narendra Modi confers India’s highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna award, upon Vajpayee.

- Compiled by Ratnakar Detke, ST Library