25 Best Atal Bihari Vajpayee Quotes

Seldom do we come across a prime minister of a nation who’s not only a politician but also a poet of the highest order. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the former PM of India, was one of that rare breed of poet-politicians. These quotes by Atal Bihari Vajpayee tell us about his thoughts on India, governance, Kashmir, Pakistan, and the conduct of a politician in a democratic setup.

Quotes by Atal Bihari Vajpayee

1. India is an ancient civilization. It has always had different sects and religious practices. We do not limit ourselves to one God or one Prophet or a single book. We are a multi-religious country, and we believe in the equality of all religious faiths.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee quote on India

 

2. Communalism is like a double-edged sword, it acts both ways.

Quote on communalism

 

3. Our efficiency lies in having a good synthesis of ancient wisdom and modernism.

Quote on efficiency

 

4. The post of the BJP president is not a cosmetic one. The Janata Party is broken but we will not let Jayaprakash’s dreams die.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee quote on BJP

 

5. Andhera chatega. Suraj niklega. Kamal khilega.
(The darkness will lift. The sun will rise. The lotus will bloom.)

Best Atal Bihari Vajpayee slogan

 

6. Prayers would be of no use. Those who are ministers should not talk about praying. Let pujaris talk about it. Ministers should talk about administration. The hungry will pray. But if the Government cannot give food, water and work to the drought-affected, prayers cannot save it. It will burn down in the flames of the people’s hunger.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee quote on government and politics

 

7. It is not in my nature to behave rudely with my political opponents.

Quote on behavior

 

8. Savarkar had both height (stature) and depth. He was an arrow and a sword, his name stands for tenacity, endurance and sacrifice. He was a visionary, a sculptor of society, a warrior and social reformer who fought bravely against social evils.

Quote on Savarkar or VD Savarkar quote

 

9. If Kashmir is an integral part of Pakistan, then Pakistan is an integral part of India.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee quote on Pakistan and Kashmir

 

10. If I genuinely am a right person, how can I be in the wrong party? And if I am in the wrong party, then I am not the right person. If the fruit is good, the tree can’t be bad.

Quote by Atal Bihari Vajpayee

 

11. Constant exposure to hardship means you get used to it.

Quote on hardship

 

12. A stable, secure and prosperous Pakistan is in India’s interest. Let no one in Pakistan be in doubt. India sincerely wishes Pakistan well.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Pakistan

 

13. In our search for a lasting solution to the Jammu and Kashmir problem, both in its external and internal dimensions, we shall not traverse solely on the beaten path of the past. Mindsets have to be altered and historic baggage jettisoned.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Jammu and Kashmir

 

14. The whole aim of China is to reduce the Tibetans to a minority in their own country and destroy the Tibetan personality. It is a new phenomenon, a new type of imperialism.

Quote on China and Tibet

 

15. We cannot forever be shackled to debate on demolitions, either of the distant or recent past, India must move on.

Quote about history or past

 

16. It is easy to win elections by raising the slogan of garibi hatao, but slogans do not remove poverty.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee quote on poverty

 

17. I can break down but never bow down.

Quote on mental toughness

 

18. My Lord, never let me climb so high that I can’t bend down to embrace another human, deliver me from such arrogance.

Quote about humility and arrogance

 

19. Greatness does not come from bigness of position or out of victory in wars. Greatness comes out of showing respect for others and being sensitive to their needs.

Quote about greatness

 

20. The BJP is not merely a political party but a movement for social transformation.

Quote on BJP, or Bharatiya Janta Party quote

 

21. Victory and defeat are part of life, which have to be viewed with equanimity.

Quote about victory and defeat

 

22.The greatest curse, not merely of Indian politics but of national life as a whole, is the general incapacity to work together. Let’s learn to unite, instead of dividing to create harmony where disharmony exists and to keep our self-interest and ego in leash.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee Quote about unity

 

23. Governance must concentrate on serving the people and keeping national interests paramount.

Quote on Governance

 

24. I know that Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru practices shirshasana and is welcome to continue doing so, but this does not mean that he should look at issues with an inverted vision.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Jawaharlal Nehru

 

25. If one person has to be given credit for building and expanding Jana Sangh, then he is Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Ji. He was a man with simple tastes. Yet he was an original thinker, adept organizer and visionary leader whose quality of taking everyone ahead will always serve as a guiding force for the new generation.

Quote on Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya

 

I hope you like these Atal Bihari Vajpayee quotes. Thanks for reading. Jai Hind.

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Namaste reader, My name is Yash, and books for me are like a medicine, which removes my ignorance and also helps me in behaving more like a human.Though I live in the world’s largest democracy, India, but when I look around, I realized that this democratic nation of mine has turned into a kind of feudal oligarchy or kleptocracy, where people from a particular community or I would say particular surname has hijacked this democracy, and the political parties in India has turned itself into a kind of family enterprises where the family members are the only shareholders. And I want to change this, and books are a weapon which is helping me, so that I can help others and my nation.Shukriya for reading this Thought of mine.

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