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India Pays Tribute On Atal Bihari Vajpayee On His 2nd Death Anniversary

India Pays Tribute On Atal Bihari Vajpayee On His 2nd Death Anniversary

“Sarkarein aayengi, jayengi, party banengi, bigdengi…magar ye desh rehna chahiye”- Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee was an orator par-excellence, a meaningful politician, vivacious statesman, and our Former Prime Minister of India. A man who manifested that it is not a stable Government that India needed but good governance- governance by the rules of democracy. His contribution to the world of democracy in India is uncountable.

On his 2nd Death Anniversary here are some of his legacy and achievements for those who need a history lesson-

 1. He brought privatization and helped to privatized a few companies like BALCO, VSNL, and Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Limited. For the first time, a Department of Disinvestment to prepare privatization candidates was formed, and a Cabinet Committee on Disinvestment created to accord quick approvals.

2.  He created his foundation of the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, which made education a fundamental right for children aged between 6 to 14 years. The aim was to give elementary education to all a time-bound manner. 

The initiative was mandated by the 86th Amendment to India’s Constitution, making free and mandatory education to children between the ages of 6 to 14 a fundamental right.

3. Vajpayee introduces the New Telecom Policy (NTP), which helped to lead to a telecom penetration rate rise from 3% in 1999 to over 70% in 2012.

He was also recognized as the father of modern telecommunication in the country as he helped the industry overcome some of its most troublesome new challenges.

4.  The first section of the Delhi Metro project between Shahdara and Tis Hazari, now known as Red Line, was approved and inaugurated by Vajpayee on 24th December 2002.

The Metro project was formally authorized in 1996, a year after the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) was set up. But the work did not begin till it got a political push, mainly from the Prime Minister’s Office.

5.  Vajpayee announced the moon mission – Chandrayaan-1, in which India will send its spacecraft to the moon. He passes the project, and now we can witness ISRO‘s incredible achievements, which set the tone for India’s Science Supremacy.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his tribute at ‘Sadaiv Atal‘ the memorial to Vajpayee in Delhi. He remembers his outstanding service and efforts towards India’s progress. Even President Ram Nath Kovind, along with Union home minister Amit Shah and defence minister Rajnath Singh also paid tributes to Vajpayee.

“The Modi government is striving for the welfare of the poor governance by keeping his ideas at the centre of its work,” said Amit Shah.

Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty

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Sushmanjali: Remembering The Quick Responder

Sushmanjali: Remembering The Quick Responder

“Judge politician by action rather than promises.

Incidentally, many women have done sheer unexpected work in India which brought a hall of fame to the country but today we will talk about a woman who is not only renowned for her work but also known for making her department relevant for every Indian.

Today is the death anniversary of one of the longest-serving leaders of BJP Sushma Swaraj who died last year on the same day because of cardiac arrest.  She is lauded for her quick response to the people reaching out to her.

After Indira Gandhi, she was the second woman in India to become foreign minister. One will never forget Sushma Swaraj’s significant role, as External Affairs Minister, in bringing back the then 23-year-old hearing and discourse impaired Indian young lady named Gita who was stranded in Pakistan for a long time.

She started her political career by joining Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad in 1970s. Her husband was associated with George Fernandes, a socialist, and as she was practicing as a Supreme Court lawyer, she became a part of George’s legal defense team. She played a key role in JP Narayan’s Total Revolution Movement. After  the Emergency she joined the BJP.

She became the youngest female legislative member of  Haryana assembly, at the age of 25. She served as Labour and Employment Minister for two years (1977-79) and Education Minister for three years (1987-90) in Haryana.

In 1990 she became a Rajyasabha member and in 1996 she was elected as member of parliament in 11th Loksabha from South Delhi constituency.

She was the first female Chief Minister of Delhi. But unfortunately, she left the portfolio in less than two months, in December 1998.

Her most striking decision, during her second term as MP in 12th Loksabha when she became the Minister of Information and Broadcast with the additional charge of Telecom ministry, was to announce film creation as an industry, which made the Indian film industry qualified for bank finance. She likewise began community radio at colleges and different establishments.

She is responsible for setting up six All India Institute of Medical Sciences, as the Union Health Minister, at Bhopal (MP), Bhubaneshwar (Odisha), Jodhpur (Rajasthan), Patna (Bihar), Raipur (Chhattisgarh) and Rishikesh (Uttrakhand).

Swaraj was the recipient of the prestigious Grand Cross of Order of Civil Merit, which was conferred by the Spanish government in identification of India’s support in rescuing its citizens from Nepal during the earthquake in 2015.

She was the first and the only female MP honoured with the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award. She has contested 11 direct elections from four states of India. She was one of the boldest female opposition leaders of Indian Parliament till date.

There were many leaders who astonished the country with their work and hard decisions. But Swaraj’s immediacy while responding to the problem was never seen in a political leader. At the time of Covid -19 when immediate response is vital, the government should take inspiration from Swaraj and set citizens as their first priority.

Written By Chanderveer Singh

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