Twenty-one Poems

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Viking, 2001 - Poetry - 67 pages
This selection of 21 poems by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee highlights the concerns and the convictions, the sensitivity and the determination of the leader of a nation of over a billion people. In addition to clear and forceful verses on the evils of violence, the perils of self-serving attitudes and the supreme importance of love for the nation and our fellow human beings, the collection also contains moving and very personal poems written at moments of crisis.

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A New Milestone
Two Quatrains
Nights Passage

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About the author (2001)

Atal Bihari Vajpayee was born in Gwalior, India on December 25, 1924. He received a bachelor's degree from Victoria College in Gwalior and a master's degree in political science from Dayanand Anglo-Vedic College in Kanpur. He also studied law in Lucknow. He became a journalist and worked for Hindu nationalist publications. In 1951, he helped found Jana Sangh, a Hindu nationalist party. In 1957, he was elected to Parliament. He was a foreign minister from 1977 to 1980 and prime minister from 1998 to 2004. He retired from active politics in December 2005 due to declining health. He wrote several collections of poetry including Fire Is Immortal and Death or Murder. He died on August 16, 2018 at the age of 93.

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