Known for his thunderous speeches, once former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee went speechless

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is a great political leader and he inspired everyone with his great political knowledge. Atal Bihari Vajpayee has a vast knowledge of poetry, literature and films even after he is a politician. He served the nation three times as the Prime Minister, first for a term of 13 days in 1996, for 13 months from 1998 to 1999, and then from 1999 to 2004.

Atal's speeches are one of his quality that cannot be compared to anyone. He is a master of his speeches as he is a poet too. Whenever this man speaks he inspires many of the hearts and filled them with enthusiasm. We came to know that when he was in school he was shy when it came to debating on stage. He went numb as he couldn't remember what to say further during a debate in Barnagar town of Ujjain district in 1934.

Once Atal spoke about his life-changing moment at a public rally while campaigning for the 1996 Lok Sabha election. He could not finish the first speech of his life and was booed. He said, “But I learned a lesson that changed my life. I took a pledge that I’d never rote-learn a speech. It was my first speech at AVM (Anglo Vernacular Middle) School."

Atal who was admitted to AVM School on August 4, 1934, when his father Krishna Bihari Vajpayee joined there as headmaster from Gwalior, never forgot the moment when he stood up during a debate on ‘Development of railway line laid down in India by the British’.

The man who speaks fluently said, "I was afraid. I stood up without any preparation. I was stammering while speaking. It was the school’s annual fest and the speech was discontinued midway. I was booed by my schoolmates, who accused me of learning the speech by rote."

After which he rises above the failures, step by step he reached this level of success and became a powerful politician that he was being followed by many great leaders. He spent nearly a year at the school before being transferred back to Gwalior. According to a biography on Vajpayee, his father, a post-graduate scholar, had once told his friend Gangadhar Rao Valuskar: “I will make sure that my son Atal shines like a star one day.”

Atal often spoke about the year he spent in Barnagar. "I have a deep connection with the Malwa region. I studied in Barnagar," he had said, adding with his quiet sense of humour, "My studies are of some use now, this you will have to accept".

by Soniya Kaur | Fri, Aug 17 - 12:57 PM

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