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Achievements By Atal Bihari Vajpayee That Prove What A Great Leader He Was

Written by: Anupam Panigrahi

The 10th Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, led India through the path of progress. He breathed his last on Thursday. Here's a look at eight remarkable steps taken by Atal Bihari Vajpayee in his tenure:

1 - The Pokhran Nuclear Test is the major achievement for making India a nuclear power from the aspect of power generation, as well as for weaponry was a much needed step at that time.

2 - He started Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan one of the largest education programs to provide basic education to every child of India.

3 - He tried to normalize the relations with Pakistan, starting with historic Bus Yatra to Lahore in February 1999.

4 - Atal Bihari Vajpayee's six years at the Prime Minister's Office led to a major transformation and expansion of the national economy.

5 - In the 1999 Kargil War, his leadership defended the country's integrity and security.

6 - Who can forget the Operation Vijay undertaken by the Indian Army without crossing the LOC and regaining the encroached territories of Muskhoh Valley, Batalik Sector, Tololing hilltop, Tiger Hill, Drass etc.

7 - He unveiled the National Highway Development Project (NHDP) to construct world-class highways in India, connecting the four metros (‘Golden Quadrilateral’) and also the four corners of the country.

8 - As Prime Minister, he always tried for harmonious relations between the Centre and the States.

9 - Besides all these, Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government needs to be credited for creation of new departments like Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Department of North-East Region and converting the Social Welfare Ministry into the Ministry of Social Justice.

10 - For his unforgettable contribution on 25 December 2014 President of India announced the Bharat Ratna award, to him. His birthday, 25 December, was declared “Good Governance Day” as recognition of his services to the nation.

11 - A bachelor, Vajpayee is also a great poet.