Atal Bihari Vajpayee: A Man for All Seasons by Kingshuk Nag

By Kingshuk Nag

From being one of many earliest individuals of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, Vajpayee blossomed right into a best competition MP via the past due Nineteen Sixties, went directly to turn into exterior Affairs Minister within the short-lived Janata executive and, ultimately in 1999, to move the 1st non-Congress executive to accomplish a whole time period in workplace. That it used to be a coalition govt made the feat all of the extra awesome, and testifies to the truth that even though wedded to a right-wing political ideology, Vajpayee didn't think within the politics of exclusion.
A protégé of Jana Sangh stalwarts like Syama Prasad Mukherjee and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, Vajpayee gained the admiration of Jawaharlal Nehru, was once consulted by means of his daughter Indira Gandhi—whom he by no means lacked the braveness to criticize—and befriended via fiery exchange unionist George Fernandes even sooner than they grew to become political allies. He hence displayed an strange skill to hold alongside all colours of political opinion—an skill that got here to the fore while he headed the nationwide Democratic Alliance govt among 1999 and 2004. And in the back of this public character used to be an strange own lifestyles, carried out with such dignity as to stay freed from innuendo.
In this booklet, journalist Kingshuk Nag strains the political trip of this tall parliamentarian of over 4 a long time, who used to be conferred the Bharat Ratna in December 2014. Atal Bihari Vajpayee: a guy for All Seasons is a definitive account of the lifestyles and occasions of 1 of India’s so much illustrious non-Congress leaders.

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53 The music that accompanied kathak would also have appeared curious and monotonous to European ears. Although the dancers themselves sang, a practice that is less common in modern times, the instrumental melodic accompaniment was (and still is) confined to a repeated melodic line known as a nagma or lahra, played on a sarangi or other instrument, the main purpose of which was to delineate the rhythmic cycle that was being used for the dance. This melody was unvarying, adjusting in tempo only to the dancer.

289. 7 W. Jones 1792: 136. 8 Kejariwal 1988: 47. < previous page page_19 next page > < previous page page_20 next page > Page 20 On the other hand, living India, far removed from dusty manuscripts and crumbling stone, was a fertile ground for Western artists, who travelled there to document the landscapes, ways of life, and architecture. 9 Some of Hodges's, images such as his painting of the Taj Mahal, remain fixed in the Western mind as quintessential examples of the exoticism, mystery, and beauty of India.

A typical programme from 1789 is of a ball that took place to celebrate the King's recovery from a recent illness. That night the following pieces were performed: Grand overtureMartini Concerts. The 8th Corelli duetto concerto, violin. 41 The press of the time also shows regular advertisements for various subscription concerts. Of course, music events were also opportunities for dancing, the favourite pastime of the Europeans. Even though the climate did not suit energetic dancing, a Mr Mackrabie noted that this did not stifle the ardour of the ladies: If splendour accompanied heat, a ball in India ought to be uncommonly splendid.

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