Bihari Vajpayee: The Poet
The first time I heard him speak,
Was the first time I daydreamed.
It was the first time I had heard,
Bejewelled words that he often did speak.
Vajpayee the poet was in a class of his
Speaking his mind on topics soft and
But also on issues touchy and taut.
His words though, had a power on their own.
Often into cryptic messages he went,
Which required layered readings to grasp.
But which once grasped, never let go of the
Until by their will, the ideas became
Vajpayee the poet was like no other,
He criticized aplenty.
He loved aplenty.
Reading his poetry is like reliving the
world through his eyes.
‘On the banks of the Yamuna,
Amidst the rolling grass,
The warm floor of a mud hut beneath you,
And with the mother reciting a holy
This experience is really one of a kind.
Come, expand your mind.’
-- Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Bihari Vajpayee: The Parliamentarian
‘One day this man will be Prime Minister’
Said the first Prime Minister then.
So deeply impressed he was,
By the young man’s maiden speech.
With his frenetic enthusiasm, he did
As the years rolled by, over wins and
The young man grew from strength to
Becoming an orator par-excellence,
One whom even Cicero would have
As the one unafraid to take on political
Best Parliamentarian awards accumulated,
And he won accolades from both sides,
Even gave them back in equal measure,
When he called a Prime Minister a ‘Goddess’
His speeches always thoughtful, well
Even when staring the fall of his
government in the face,
He maintained his composure, and carried
Because he had a belief that whatever
Happens for the good of the Individual.
Fate it so happened, again dealt him an
Bihari Vajpayee: The Leader
Reaching across the aisle came naturally to
It is something I learnt from him.
Even though there is much scope for
In my awkward style, as compared to the smoothness
He always rose above the fray, emerging the
But he greeted with a smile, even his most
Took along everyone with him he did,
And made great strides with the support he
I may be Prime Minister of this great
But I’ll never forget his advice to me. And
He stood by my side as a rock, during my
time of crisis.
All the while extolling me to follow ‘The
The duty of impartiality and honesty, which
my great leader practiced.