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Atalji's passing has touched more people than any politician's since Nehru

Often critical of Nehru and Congress as an Opposition leader, Vajpayee as PM was Nehruvian in his breadth of vision, concern for parliamentary etiquette and considerate treatment of the Gandhi family

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Karan Thapar 



Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. File photo
Karan Thapar

I got to know because of the kindness of the lady he spent his life with and whose daughter he considered his foster child, Mrs Kaul. I’m not sure why but she took a shine to me and whenever I wanted an interview she would ensure that Atalji said yes.

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First Published: Thu, August 16 2018. 17:59 IST

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