Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee breathed his last on Thursday (16 August) following a prolonged illness which resulted in him being admitted to the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi.
To remember one of India’s greatest statesmen, here are his five most powerful quotes:
We assure you that till the time the work that we started with our bare hands in national interest is not completed, we shall not rest. Respected speaker, I am going to the President to tender my resignation.Vajpayee in Lok Sabha after the fall of his 13-day-old government in 1996
Our aim may be as high as the endless sky, but we should have a resolve in our minds to walk ahead, hand-in-hand for victory will be ours.Vajpayee addresses the nation on Independence Day in 2002
We have been the victims of three attacks. This fate should not repeat. We are not getting ready to attack anyone. We don’t have that intention. I was asked about the connection between Pokhran-2 and the Lahore bus service. They are two sides of the same coin - the strength of our defence and the hand of friendship -- the hand of friendship through honesty.Vajpayee speaks in Lok Sabha following the nuclear tests in Pokhran
I have a vision of India: an India free of hunger and fear, an India free of illiteracy and want. I dream of an India that is prosperous, strong and caring. An India, that regains a place of honour in the comity of great nations.Vajpayee during his 1999 Independence Day speech
My poet’s heart gives me strength to face political problems, particularly those which have a bearing on my conscience.