Atal Bihari Vajpayee (25 December 1924 – 16 August 2018) was an Indian politician, statesman and a poet who served three terms as the Prime Minister of India, first for a term of 13 days in 1996, then for a period of 13 months from 1998 to 1999, and finally, for a full term from 1999 to 2004. A member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he was the first Indian PM who was not a member of the Indian National Congress party to have served a full five-year term in office.
Vajpayee won the Screen Award for Best Non-Film Lyrics for his album Nayi Disha in 2000. Nayi Disha, which was released in 1999, had lyrics by the late politician and vocals by ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh. Songs penned by him.....
Dur Kahin Koi Rota Hai - Samvedna (Jagjit Singh) (2002)
Ek Baras Beet Gaya - Samvedna (Jagjit Singh) (2002)
Kadam Milaakar Chalna Hoga - Samvedna (Jagjit Singh) (2002)
Yamuna Tat - Nayi Disha (Jagjit Singh) (1999)
Jiwan Beet Chala - Samvedna (Jagjit Singh) (2002)
Chaurahe Par - Samvedna (Jagjit Singh) (2002)
Kya Khoya Kya Payaa - Samvedna (Jagjit Singh) (2002)
Toote Hue - Nayi Disha (Jagjit Singh) (1999)
Jeevan Ki Dor - Nayi Disha (Jagjit Singh) (1999)
Than Gayee - Nayi Disha (Jagjit Singh) (1999)
In 2012, Vajpayee was ranked number 9 in Outlook India"s poll of the Greatest Indian.
In August 2018, Naya Raipur was renamed as Atal Nagar.
In October 2018, four Himalayan peaks near Gangotri glacier named after his name.
1992 - Padma Vibhushan
1993 - D. Lit. from Kanpur University
1994 - Lokmanya Tilak Award
1994 - Outstanding Parliamentarian Award
1994 - Bharat Ratna Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant Award
2015 - Bharat Ratna
2015 - Bangladesh Liberation War Honour, (Bangladesh Muktijuddho Sanmanona)
Vajpayee authored several works of both prose and poetry. Some of his major publications are listed below. In addition to these, various collections were made of his speeches, articles, and slogans.
National Integration (1961)
New Dimensions of India"s Foreign Policy (1979)
Gathbandhan Ki Rajneeti
Kucha Lekha, Kucha Bhashana (1996)
Bindu-Bindu Vicara (1997)
Decisive Days (1999)
Vicara-Bindu (Hindi Edition, 2000)
India"s Perspectives on ASEAN and the Asia-Pacific Region (2003)
Na Dainyam Na Palayanam
Nayi Chunauti : Naya Avasar
Kaidi Kaviraj Ki Kundaliya
Amar Aag Hai (1994)
Meri Ekyavan Kavitayen (1995). Some of these poems were set to music by Jagjit Singh for his album Samvedna.
Kya Khoya Kya Paya: Atal Bihari Vajapeyi, Vyaktitva Aur Kavitaem (1999)
Values, Vision & Verses of Vajpayee: India"s Man of Destiny (2001)
Twenty-One Poems (2003)
Chuni Hui Kavitayein (2012)
An English translation of a selection of some of Vajpayee"s Hindi poetry was published in 2013.