New Delhi: The decision to confer Bharat Ratna on Atal Bihari Vajpayee came as no surprise. He was the seventh prime minister to be honoured with the highest civilian award in the country.
In 2015, he joined the league of Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Gulzarilal Nanda, Indira Gandhi, Morarji Desai and Rajiv Gandhi to receive Bharat Ratna.
The longest-serving prime minister after Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Manmohan Singh, Vajpayee made his mark on the country’s history with his statesmanship. He was one of the rare leaders who could change the course of history with his personality.