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One of the tallest leaders of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee breathed his last on Thursday. With being one of the prominent leaders in the Indian political landscape, he was also a prolific poet and a phenomenal orator. Even though he is not among us anymore, his poetry and words in form of his speeches would always stay with us. Even as the country is mourning the loss of one of its greatest, it needs to be emphasised that Atal Bihari Vajpayee stared death in its face. One of his poem “Maut Se Than Gayi” is a proof of the fact that the veteran leader was not scared of death.
“Maut ki umar kya hai? Do pal bhi nahin, Zindagi silsila, aaj kal ki nahi (What is the age of death? Not even a couple of moments. Life is a progression, it’s not a matter of a day or two!),” read a line of his famous poem.
"Main ji bhar jiya, Main man se maru, laut kar aunga, kooch se kyu daru? (I lived to the fullest, I died from heart. I will come back, why would I be afraid of death),” read another set of lines in the poem.
In yet another instance he said that it's his desire to be remembered as "a nice man". He said it in a televised interview, wherein he also said that he never aspired to become a Prime Minister, but when he entered politics, he "got stuck in it".
"I never aspired to be a Prime Minister. I never thought I would become the Prime Minister, I wanted to spend my life as a journalist, but when I entered politics, I got stuck in it. I desired it and I still desire to remain unsullied and after I pass away I hope people say he was a nice man who kept trying to make the world and the country a better place," had said Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Once while addressing the Parliament, Atal Bihari Vajpayee had said that he is not scared of death, but he is scared of false accusation. While addressing the Lok Sabha, Vajpayee can be seen in the video, saying the Opposition has accused him of "being power hungry and that whatever he does is for his greed for power". He then alludes to Ramayana and said that " Ram had said that he is not afraid of death, but afraid of slander", adding, he feels the same way.
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences in its last medical bulletin on Vajpayee, announced about his demise. The bulletin stated, that despite the team of doctors' best effort, "We have lost him today." The former Prime Minister will be accorded a state funeral and his last rites will be performed at 4pm on Friday.
Vajpayee had been admitted to AIIMS on June 11 following kidney-related and respiratory ailments.