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Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Statesman and Orator

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Born on December 25, 1924, in Gwalior, India. Belonged to a middle-class Brahmin family.

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Studied at Victoria College (now Laxmibai College) in Gwalior and later at DAV College in Kanpur.

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Joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) during his college days.

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Active participant in the Quit India Movement in 1942.

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Founded the Bharatiya Jana Sangh in 1951, a precursor to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

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Instrumental in the formation and growth of the BJP.

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First became the Prime Minister of India for a short period in 1996. Returned as Prime Minister in 1998, leading the BJP to a coalition victory.

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Ordered the Pokhran-II nuclear tests in 1998, establishing India as a nuclear-armed nation.

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Faced the Kargil War with Pakistan in 1999, exhibiting strong leadership during the crisis.

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Awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, in 2015.

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Retired from active politics in 2005 due to health reasons.

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 Faced health challenges in later years and passed away on August 16, 2018.

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 Faced health challenges in later years and passed away on August 16, 2018.

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