Vajpayee was not fit for Indian politics, and here is why
The August 2018 is probably not a good month for Indians as we sequentially lost three popular figures from Karunanidhi to Ajit Wadekar, and then everyone’s favorite Atal Bihari Vajpayee. While politicians of India are crossing all the limits just for the sake of some votes, he is the last statesman of Indian politics who was loved by everyone including his political opponents who used to say him a right person in a wrong party. By seeing his entire life, one thing is clear that Vajpayee was not fit for Indian politics, and in fact, he is the last statesman of India whom the entire nation is going to miss forever.
Victim of a political abuse
When India was cheering up for the second nuclear test for, and everyone is praising both Vajpayee and Kalam, the silence of opponents had a different story, and it took ten years for them to give a statement regarding Pokhran atomic test where they said India doesn’t need to show its power. While we had a constant threat from the neighbors and the powerful NATO was openly supporting Pakistan for every action, the then opposition party Indian National Congress chose to keep silence, and no one knows why. The story doesn’t end here, and Congress went on the personal attack by saying that he is representing the destruction, and this time he broke his silence and criticized the opposition. However, he did not lose his cool and put his argument like democratically elected Prime Minister even though they came to the personal level.
In another organized manner, the opposition created an agenda more sharply to attack and tried to destroy the BJP core issue that again created nationwide debate. Though most of the people didn’t believe it easily, however, the opposition raised the issue in an organized manner that even his supporters forced to believe it. They spread the message “The cow is our mother, Atal eats her,” through banners at everywhere and it became a part of the discussion due to its sensitivity. Finally, Vajpayee came forward and said, “I prefer to die rather than eat beef,” and said it a blatant lie spread by the opposition and even he tried to pass a bill to stop the slaughter later. Interestingly, the opponents who brought the issue and demanded to put a ban on cow slaughter changed their opinion by citing it as basic human rights. Even though his opponents tried to tarnish his image by any means, however, in his entire life, he never made a single personal comment against his political opponents and always remained true to his charming personality. He knew what to say and when to say.
Appreciated opposition party achievements
In a democratic country like India, it is common to criticize the opponents for their unfulfilled election agenda and even no political party/leader ever admit a single achievement made by their opposition and will never. In India, where politicians come to attack their opponents on a personal level, Vajpayee had a different stand on it. In his historic speech at the parliament, he said it would be unfair if I don’t appreciate the development made by our political opponents after the independence even though ideologically we are different, and criticize each other during the election campaigns.
Supported the self-defense act
When the Govt. of India brought the Arms act 1959 that supported harsher gun control law, and while everyone supported it, Vajpayee was the sole member who voted against it. In his argument, he said that the Britishers brought this act with the sole intent to disarm the whole nation, but he supported it as the sacred right of free citizens. He also said the Indian constitution doesn’t permit it for this, however, the right to self-defense accepted and guaranteed by Indian Penal code that implicitly acknowledges the right to possess arms. He was also concerned about the conflict relation with big powers and neighbors as India did not in a position during that time to fight with biggies, so right to bear arm and military training was the solution for this he believed. Perhaps, the lack of majority, and strong opposition within his allies regarding anti-slaughter bill forced him not to bring the right to bear arms issue again during his tenure as a PM. And the nation never gave him a second chance with a full majority. The point is to mention about it because till now, no one in the Indian politics ever raises the issue even for once and it was one and only Vajpayee who did it.
Vajpayee had a lot of opponents in his entire life due to the ideological variation, still, even they admit that India will never get a statesman like him again.
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