Group photograph of Janata Dal president and Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, Delhi, 1990.
Atal Bihar Vajpayee’s, Bharatiya Janata Party’s patriarch, was known for his long pauses and speeches — decorated with poetry.
“Come, let us make India a nation of high achievers - in every sphere. In business and economy, in education, in science and technology, in arts and culture, and also in sports. Let us make India synonymous with ~achievement~, the achievement of the kind that can be benchmarked globally,” he had said in 1999.
India had just won a war against Pakistan at Kargil when Vajpayee gave this speech and also focussed on economic growth.
“Today, speaking to a self-confident India, I declare: Sanctions have lost their effect. They have become a thing of the past. We have dealt with them in such a way that they hardly had any effect on our economy. We kept the South-east Asian economic crisis at bay.”
He further added,“yes, the Government was brought down, but the country was not. It continued to march ahead, fulfilling the mantra of Charaiveti, Charaiveti (Move on, Move on). The Government continued to discharge its duty.”