Today marks the 3rd death anniversary of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Vajpayee ji was a man of the masses, an unbeatable orator, an ardent champion of women’s empowerment and social equality, an influential political figure, whose career stretched over decades.
He was Prime Minister for a short period in 1996. But in October 1999, he took charge as Prime Minister of India for the second consecutive term heading a new coalition government, the NDA. He successfully led this first government that was not dominated by the Congress party and completed a full five-year term.
In his storied career, he was elected 10 times to the Lok Sabha from four different States and served as a Member of the Rajya Sabha twice. Further, as India’s Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, Chairperson of various important Standing Committees of Parliament and Leader of the Opposition, he had been an active participant in shaping India’s post-Independence domestic and foreign policy.
He was part of the Quit India Movement of 1942 and later, in 1951, joined the Bharatiya Jana Sangh (The present day BJP). As his parliamentary career flourished, he naturally made a name for himself as an orator and for his poetic flourishes.
India’s second highest civilian honor, the Padma Vibhushan, was conferred upon him in recognition of his selfless dedication to his first and only love, India, and his more than half-a-century of service to society and the nation.
Prasar Bharati has an exclusive, golden collection of his speeches and interviews which are always available on Prasar Bharati Archives youtube channel. On his 3rd birth anniversary, we bring to you some of his most iconic speeches here as our homage to the great leader.
This is one of the most popular orations of Vajpayee Ji. Watch Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s fiery speech on Corruption during a Parliamentary session.
2. Here, we present former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s speech given in 2002 in UN General Assembly. Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is insisting towards growing conscience for Global Terrorism, to end cross-border terrorism; to focus more on sustainable development goals; need to take urgent steps to protect from terrorism and to build harmonious integration of economic, political, environmental and spiritual.
3. Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s Independence Day speech from the year 2000. To read full text of this speech, click here.
4. Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s Independence Day speech from the year 2001. To read full text of this speech, click here.
5. Presenting Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s speech on the occasion of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Centenary Function held at Lal Quila in 1997.