Don’t let Bharat’s era, as exemplified by its Ratna Atalji, end

    The eulogies of great souls are written from the heart. All is forgotten but the strength of the person, the impact he had on people around him and the good deeds done by him. Such was the stature of India’s Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee. His life and times will be remembered in superlatives with even the toughest of critics describing as an iconic leader with a heart of gold.

    A ‘dove among hawks’ a ‘moderate in the Sangh parivar’ and ‘gentleman parliamentarian’ Vajpayee was powerful orator and a prolific poet. Born in a humble family, he participated in the freedom struggle and became a journalist before he entered politics. It was an arena where he made and left a mark but not without a lot of hard work, heartache and toil.

    The legacy of this tall leader should not be frittered away. Like they united in grief during his last journey, politicians across party lines should take a common pledge, albeit individual one, to build an India that does Atalji proud. An India that stands on the ideals of secularism, progressive ideas and liberal thinking. An India where fear has no place but consensus does. An India which can extend an friendly hand of a Lahore Bus Yatra but also defend itself at Kargil and declare its capability at Pokhran, an India that can prosper in the diversity of a 13-party coalition and an India which can extend a friendly hand to the world with pride.

    As Vajpayee’s mortal being passes on, let the new era reflect the pride if his legacy. Let it be where ‘India is prosperous, strong and caring. An India, that regains a place of honour in the comity of great nations.’

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