(This article was first published on 23 December 2017. It has been reposted from The Quint's archives to mark the birth anniversary of the former prime minister.)
Atal Bihari Vajpayee is admired even by those who are not with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Many qualities have made him an ajaatashatru (a leader with no enemies).
Among them: his spell-binding oratory, which was at once poetic and thoughtful, and frequently philosophical.
Here’s what makes his speeches stand out, among the rest.