Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Iron Man of Modern India

LIVE updates Atal Bihari Vajpayee critical on life support

He had been admitted in June to the All India institute of Medical Sciences in the capital, suffering from a urinary tract infection and chest congestion. "The leadership lesson that I learned from my interactions with him was that no matter how significant your achievements while in office, you ultimately earn the affection of people through your humanity and your humility.", he said in a tweet.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee created a separate disinvestment department in the finance ministry in 1999 and subsequently made it a ministry under Arun Shourie in 2001, despite opposition.

Foreign policy under Atal Bihari Vajpayee saw many innovations, particularly his attempts to reset India-Pakistan ties.

Former Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee died at 93 on Thursday, Narendra Modi confirmed on Twitter.

Vajpayee, a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, suffered a stroke in 2009. In his tweet, Modi also stated that Vajpayee lived for the nation and served it assiduously for decades and his death marks the end of an era.

The idea of dismantling the administered price mechanism (APM) for petroleum products was first proposed by Congress Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao, and set in motion by the United Front government led by Prime Minister I.K. Gujral.

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Fifteen years after he addressed the nation one last time from the ramparts of Red Fort, he bade the world a painful goodbye.

In a statement the hospital said: "Despite the best of efforts, we have lost him today".

Congress President Rahul Gandhi wrote, "Today India lost a great son. We will miss him".

A guiding light for the nation through all his years in public life, Vajpayee remained a strong proponent of industrial and economic development through market reforms, noted industry the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

In 2014, he was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour, by current premier Modi.

Facing heavy criticism at home and overseas over India's nuclear ambitions, Vajpayee defied the threat of economic sanctions, telling parliament that "we have never made a decision after coming under global pressure and we will never do so in the future". Not always: His political moves, especially against his adversaries, were so indirect and secret, and at the same time so brutal, that they rarely recovered.

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