Atal Bihari Vajpayee was India's one of the greatest Prime Minister. He was known for his firm but quick decisions and kind nature. He became the Prime Minister of India thrice. It was during his tenure that India successfully conducted nuclear tests at Pokhran for the second time.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee was born in a middle-class Brahmin family to Krishna Devi and Krishna Bihari Vajpayee on 25 December 1924 in Gwalior. Vajpayee did his schooling from the Saraswati Shishu Mandir, Gwalior. Later, he studied at Victoria College, Gwalior – now Laxmi Bai College, for his graduation.
He joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in 1939, Vajpayee became a pracharak in 1947. He also worked for Rashtradharma Hindi monthly, Panchjanya Hindi weekly and the dailies Swadesh and Veer Arjun.
Rajkumari Kaul was popularly called as 'aunty'. Mrs Kaul was Vajpayee ji's family friend. She used to live in Vajpayee ji's home and died a few years back.
Rajkumari Kaul, Vajpayee's constant companion of many years and the mother of his adopted daughter Namita Bhattacharya, died after a cardiac arrest at AIIMS. Mrs Kaul is survived by another daughter, Nani, and granddaughter Neharika.
Mrs Kaul's friendship with Vajpayee began when they were fellow students at the prestigious Victoria College in Gwalior, now re-named Laxmibai College. Vajpayee and Mrs Kaul came into touch again when she settled in Delhi after getting married to Professor B N Kaul.
Mrs Kaul was known to arrange free medical treatment for those in distress through her contacts in government hospitals, particularly AIIMS. When her husband died, Vajpayee’s adopted her family as his own.
Vajpayee ji's adopted daughter Namita's family lived with Vajpayee at 7, Race Course Road, while he was PM, and he called Namita his daughter. But he and Mrs Kaul never gave their relationship a name and, muttered rumours apart, were never pushed to do so.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee has been a true patriot and has made important contributions towards the development of the nation.