A.B. Vajpayee

Beyond the mask

Print edition : September 14, 2018

Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence in New Delhi. Photo: JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP

February 20, 1999: Vajpayee being received at the Wagah border by his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, during his historic bus journey to Lahore. Photo: S. ARNEJA/THE HINDU ARCHIVES

April 4, 1991: Vajpayee addresses participants at a combined rally held by the BJP and the VHP on the Ayodhya issue in New Delhi. Photo: V. Sudershan

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee (1924-2018), who was often described as brilliantly multifaceted, was never really free of the sectarian agenda of the Sangh Parivar in spite of his being projected as a moderate.
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