Atal Bihari Vajpayee is one of the few politicians who are also thought leaders. This section features his selected speeches outlining his philosophy of life. Also, some of his very thought- provoking poems are also compiled here.
Vajpayee: The poet who ruled India thrice
Vajpayee’s poetry is marked by nationalistic fervor and human values. He believes that poetry should awaken a sense of duty and social responsibility in people. Religious symbolism enriched his poetry inspired by mythology. Simple in language and imagination, his poems exalt the heritage, history and destiny of India. Ideas of cultural nationalism inform his vision of India. He expressed crystal clear thoughts about his poetry: "My poetry is a declaration of war, not an exordium to defeat. It is not the defeated soldier's drumbeat of despair, but the fighting warrior's will to win. It is not the dispirited voice of dejection but the stirring shout of victory.” Vajpayee believes that politics and literature do not belong to separate compartments. Rather they enrich and refine each other. Politics gets more refined when a poet gets involved in politics. He believes that as a poet, he can never ignore human feeling and emotions.