This Liberal’s Heart Beats For Atal Bihari Vajpayee

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This Liberal’s Heart Beats For Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

I

was eight when I fell in love with Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

It was around the time when he came to power for the first time in 1996 and went in for a trust vote in a mere 13 days. I rooted for him through the tedious Parliamentary proceedings, waited for his speech like a crazy fan awaits their favorite artists’ performance and cried bitter tears when he lost the trust vote despite rocking a speech that was one of the finest instances of how political discourse should be positioned in a democracy.

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