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Atal Bihari Vajpayee enters his eightieth year on December 25.

Orator par excellence, veteran parliamentarian, poet, visionary, a man of peace and the prime minister of India, Vajpayee has donned many hats. All with his customary aplomb and trademark wit.

Vajpayee's tenure has seen a radical change in foreign policy, a robust economy and a resolve to find peace with Pakistan. rediff.com salutes the leader of the nation.

'Vajpayee is a father figure'
'Vajpayeeji's prestige has soared as never before. He simply doesn't have any peers,' says Nitish Kumar.

'Vajpayee is the best PM after Nehru'
'Vajpayee does not think in communal terms. That is why we hope he achieves success in the mission he has embarked upon in Kashmir,' says Hurriyat chairman Abbas Ansari.

Why India Feels So Good
'When politicians do good work, surely something must be right with India!' says Amberish K Diwanji.

Vajpayee's TIATA factor
'Unlike with Congress prime ministers, the BJP and Vajpayee don't go around tomtoming that there is no alternative to them. In fact, their message is that There Is A Terrible Alternative,' says Saisuresh Sivaswamy.
'Atalji loves to laugh his heart out'
'He is a man of vision and commitment'

Poet, Visionary & PM
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Atal Bihari Vajpayee, 79
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