“Governments will come and go; political parties will be made and broken but the nation must remain” – Atal Bihari
India commemorates the fourth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s death. Vajpayee, a superb orator, and leader who earned enormous respect and adoration from leaders and opposition alike, wore several hats during his political career. As Prime Minister, he is well-known for India’s achievements in science and technology. As the country commemorates him on his death anniversary, here are some of India’s scientific and technological achievements.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s most notable achievement as India’s Prime Minister was his road development project. Through a network of roads, the Golden Quadrilateral united four metros: Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi, and Mumbai.
The second success of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the introduction of privatization. He privatized a number of firms, including VSNL, BALCO, and Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Limited.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s most notable success was the establishment of the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, which established education as a basic right for children aged 6 to 14 years.
India successfully conducted five nuclear tests in Pokhran during Vajpayee’s leadership as Prime Minister in 1998, causing various countries to condemn India with little influence.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s New Telecom Policy caused India’s telecom penetration to rise from 3% to 70% in 12 years.
Former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee approved and inaugurated the first metro project in Delhi, which ran from Kashmere Gate to Seelampur.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee established the ‘Look East’ strategy that Prime Minister Modi now follows. He boosted relations with China, Israel, the United States, and Pakistan.
On August 15, 2003, Atal Bihari Vajpayee signed the Chandrayan – I project. He also created the Budget Responsibility Act to reduce the fiscal deficit, and over the course of five years, he increased public-sector savings to a solid positive score.
As the first non-Congress leader to serve as Prime Minister for five years, Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s tenure was as important as it was dramatic in developing India’s democracy and setting the country on the path to economic prosperity. Vajpayee gained the hearts of Indians and even the opposition by heading a mission to the United Nations, launching the Lahore bus service, and resolving the vexing Kashmir problem with Pakistan. Vajpayee, an orator par excellence who delivered some of the most famous speeches in Indian legislative history, has carved out a place for himself as one of the country’s most astute leaders.
Known as the “Bheeshm Pitamah of Indian politics,” Vajpayee’s six years in office — from 1998 to 2004 — saw administration and development take center stage at a period when the country’s political discourse was dominated by caste, religion, and political instability. A statesman admired by lawmakers across party lines, Vajpayee’s deft realpolitik transformed the BJP’s image from one of the hardline rightist leanings arising from the demolition of the Babri masjid to one appreciated by allies.
President Droupadi Murmu, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and a slew of other dignitaries paid respect to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Tuesday (August 16, 2022). Several Union ministers, including Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, j