Former Indian PM Vajpayee, the gentler face of Hindu nationalism, dies

Former PM Vajpayee put on life support as health worsens

Vajpayee's condition worsens, put on life-support system: AIIMS..

The 93-year-old BJP stalwart's condition worsened over the last 24 hours and he was put on life support systems. He sparked an arms race with Pakistan, but later launched peace talks and a cross-border bus service between Lahore and Delhi. "Chhattisgarh and the entire nation is praying for him".

Vajpayee's supporters saw him as a skilled politician who managed to avoid fanaticism, a man who refused to see the world in black and white.

Maintaining that Vajpayee defied the threat of economic sanctions over India's nuclear tests, in its obituary titled Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Indian prime minister, dies at 93′, CNN highlighted that the leader did not succumb to worldwide pressure. Despite the best efforts, we have lost him today.

Vajpayee served as prime minister briefly in 1996 then again from 1998 to 2004. Kidney tract infection, chest congestion and urine output being on the lower side are the medical complaints.

"Shri Vajpayee Ji stood among the tallest leaders of modern India, who spent his whole life serving our great country. But Mr. Vajpayee worked discreet diplomacy behind closed doors and set in motion a friendly dialogue with Clinton, who went to India in 2000, the first visit by a US president to the country in more than two decades".

Though he was elected prime minister three times, Vajpayee only competed an entire term once.

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Pokhran test During his second term as Prime Minister, Vajpayee ordered nuclear tests in May 1998, barely a month after the government came into power.

Shortly after the news spread that the veteran leader's health has deteriorated, people began flocking to temples to offer prayers and hold "havans" for his longevity.

The entire nation is heartbroken with the demise of India's former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Then, a few years later, it was Vajpayee who made the first moves toward peace. Union ministers Ram Vilas Paswan and Uma Bharti also visited AIIMS hospital in Delhi to inquire about Vajpayee's health. "He lived for the nation and served it assiduously for decades", he tweeted.

It was in India's relations with Pakistan where Vajpayee's influence may last the longest.

The former Prime Minister, whose birthday on December 25 is celebrated as Good Governance Day, was honoured with the Bharat Ratna in 2014 at his home.

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