After being on a ventilator for around 24 hours, the former Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, met his demise at the age of 93. His name is in history as one of the best Prime Ministers of India. Atal Bihari Vajpayee made remarkable decisions that brought a change to the nation. Today we have brought you some of the decisions that changed everything.
1. Started Bus Service From Delhi TO Lahore
The former PM has cleared his intentions of improving relations with Pakistan, so he started the Delhi- Lahore bus service. Indian government stopped the service in 2001 after the parliament attacks. However, they resumed it in 2003.
2. Brought The Communication Revolution
The former PM of India brought a change in the Telecom policies. He replaced the fixed license fee with revenue sharing. He also organized BSNL, which led to the communication revolution in India.
3. Atal Bihari Vajpayee Selected Narendra Modi As The CM Candidate For Gujarat
BJP won the Gujarat Elections in 1998, and Keshubhai Patel was elected as the CM. However, after the earthquake disaster of 2001, it became hard for Patel to handle the situation. Hence, he resigned from the post of CM. After that, Atal Bihari Vajpayee selected Narendra Modi as the CM candidate in Gujarat. Modi became the CM of Gujarat thrice.
4. Started Right To Education Act
The Act makes education a fundamental right of every child between the ages of 6 and 14 and specifies minimum norms in elementary schools.
5. Released The Terrorists To Save Civilians
On 24 December 1999, An Indian flight was hijacked by terrorists in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The terrorists were demanding the Indian government to free the imprisoned terrorists. After a long meeting, the Indian government decided to release the terrorists.
6. Secretly Did An Atomic Experiment
Back in 1998, Atal became the PM, and within the first three months of his governance, he decided to conduct an atomic experiment in Pokhran while also escaping the eyes of Pakistani and American agencies.
7. India Reached The Moon In Atal’s Governance
On 15 August 2003, Atal Bihari announced India’s first moon mission (Chandrayaan). India accomplished the mission in 2008.
8. Joined Four Metropolitans Via Roads
In 1999, Atal started a plan named Golden Quadrilateral. It was started in 2001 and the four major metropolitans of the country were joined via road. The entire project was completed in 2010, and a total of 5,846 Kilometers long road was made.
9. Defeated Pakistan In The Kargil War
The situation got extremely heated in 1999 when Pakistani army General Pervez Musharraf crossed the LOC and occupied the Indian Territory. This led to the Kargil War, and India beat Pakistan.
The entire nation is in grief as India has lost one of its gems. May his soul rest in peace.
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