- A tribute to the legendary leader
Atal Bihari Vajpayee is the name to reckon with Indian politics. He led the nation as Prime Minister of India at home and one of the shining lights at international gatherings the world over, recollects Prof Bheem Singh of National Panthers Party.
He said in a message today while paying rich tributes to the departed leader on the occasion of the second anniversary, that Atalji’s speech in Hindi at the General Assembly of the United Nations shall remain a landmark in the history of India when its’ representative for the first time addressed the General Assembly in the national language of India, Hindi.
Prof Bhim Singh while expressing his grief recollected his interaction with Atal Bihari Vajpayee at several times in different situations in India and abroad. Bhim Singh joined the Indian delegation to the United Nations International Conference at Vienna where Indian delegation was led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Prof Bhim Singh said that Vajpayee literally rescued him with many student leaders including Mrs Jay Mala from the police harassment when he with several other Students Congress leaders arrested at Parliament Street Police Station for allegedly obstructing the then Foreign Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s massive procession at Boat Club, New Delhi in 1979 when Atal Ji was Foreign Minister of India.
“It was Vajpayee Ji who stood up in Parliament to announce that Bhim Singh, Jay Mala, Sanjoy Sachdev and a group of youth leaders who had protected him (Vajpayee) instead. Vajpayee Jee with bleeding face visited Police Station Parliament House and got all youth and student leaders including Jay Mala, Chairperson Indian Students Congress freed from the Police Station” recollected Bhim Singh.
Prof Bhim Singh remembered that when some miscreants had tried to obstruct a public meeting being addressed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee as BJP President in Srinagar, Kashmir, he (Bhim Singh) along with other Youth Congress leaders jumped into the fray and expressed full support to Vajpayee jee to continue his speech. Vajpayee jee never forgot that occasion. It was in 1976/77.
Prof.Bhim Singh remembered that he and some other political leaders were invited by Prime Minister, Atal jee at his reception table in Srinagar when he gave lunch to the then Chief Minister Mufti Mohd Sayeed and others. Mrs Padma Sachdev National Dogri Poet was also present at the lunch.
The veteran politician further said that there were several occasions when he had an opportunity to interact and talk exclusively with one of the greatest leaders of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee who had super wisdom, patience and human heart at all the times for all irrespective of their caste, creed, religion even nationality. He was among the greatest leaders in the world who shall be remembered by all the people, all the times and everywhere in the world. “Humanity is the greatest religion is the message which Vajpayee has left for all of us. This is how I salute Vajpayee jee.”