Atal Bihari Vajpayee
His Contribution in India’s Development
“American Roads are not Good,
Because America is Rich.
But American is Rich,
Because American Roads are Good.”
John F Kennedy
The thought rang good and true in
As he gave the go-ahead for a
project called the Golden Quadrilateral.
To transform the dusty, pot-hole
ridden pathways of yesteryears,
Into the modern, paved roads that
India needed for real.
A without a selfish bone in his
body, he commissioned,
A project that would come to
fruition after many years,
Long after he relinquished his
position as chief decision maker.
‘The roads are skin-deep. What about
the rivers? The real arteries?’
With that thought in mind he
conceived an even more ambitious project.
Something that had never been dreamt
of before. Its scale gargantuan.
To eliminate drought, flood,
destruction, and to alleviate poverty abject.
One that would if done the right
way, change the fate of the nation.
The interlinking of all the rivers
of India he had in mind, a new dawn.
But alas, that idea of his, so
brilliantly crafted, seems lost in time…
He was there when his motherland
needed him to be with her.
To nurture her, to prod and poke her
to perform even better.
In Telecommunications, Information
Taking India to the world, with an acute business sense.
And always had an idea about the
pulse of the nation.
But Atal’s sheer patriotism, would
certainly be his biggest contribution.