Each year on 25th December, India celebrates Good Governance Day remembering the former Prime Minister, Late Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. On his 97th birth anniversary, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and PM Narendra Modi paid a floral tribute at the ‘Sadaiv Atal Samadhi’. This year the event will be celebrated for the entire week from 20th to 25th December with an aim to spread awareness about good governance. This day will be observed as ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ with a decided theme ‘Prashasan Gaon Ki Aur’.
India first celebrated Good Governance Day in the year 2014. In this year Vajpayee was awarded Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award along with Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya. After the award ceremony, the Indian Government declared the day to be observed as Good Governance Day. This year the event will be celebrated for the entire week from 20th to 25th December with an aim to spread awareness about good governance. This day will be observed as ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ with a decided theme ‘Prashasan Gaon Ki Aur’. The Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), in all its 403 assembly seats of Uttar Pradesh, has planned a motorcycle rally, ‘Atal Yuva Sankalp Yatra’ for its first Prime Minister. The Indian President, PM, and other well-known politicians paid floral tribute at the ‘Sadaiv Atal Samadhi’. PM Modi also made a tweet saying –
आदरणीय अटल जी को उनकी जयंती पर कोटि-कोटि नमन।
Remembering Atal Ji on his Jayanti. We are inspired by his rich service to the nation. He devoted his life towards making India strong and developed.
His development initiatives positively impacted millions of Indians.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 25, 2021
President Ram Nath Kovind paid tributes to Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Prime Minister of India on his birth anniversary at Sadaiv Atal, New Delhi. pic.twitter.com/WdHWyEK6B3
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) December 25, 2021
The entire nation is celebrating the #GoodGovernanceDay, as a mark of respect to Atal Ji’s contributions towards nation-building and in realising the vision of ‘Sushasan’.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) December 25, 2021
Vajpayee’s Life History
Atal Bihari Vajpayee was born in 1924 in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh in a school teacher’s family. He was known for his oral skills, prolific writing, and strong speeches. He wrote motivational poems mostly in Hindi. Being an active member of RSS he affiliated it with Jana Sangh. In 1980, Vajpayee along with Lal Krishna Advani became a co-founder of Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP). In 1996, Vajpayee became the first Prime Minister from BJP but only for 13 days. However, later in 1998 for 13 months and in 2004, he held the post for full term. He retired from active politics after 2005 but he was still known as the ‘Bhishma Pitamah’ of politics. Along with Bharat Ratna he was also awarded for Best Parliamentation with Pt Govind Ballabh Pant Award in 1994. The ‘poet-politician’ died due to kidney infection on 16th August 2018 after being hospitalised in AIIMS.
In his entire political career as a PM, Atal Bihari Vajpayee has made some revolutionary achievements. He introduced the Kisan Credit Card scheme in 1998 which helped India revolutionize bank lending to farmers. He was the one who made India a nuclear state in the same year. He also took steps to bring peace between India and Pakistan by boarding the inaugural Amritsar bus to Lahore. During his tenure as a PM in 2000, India peacefully got its three new states- Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, and Jharkhand. Along with building good relations with the United States he also brought several infrastructural projects and national telecom policy in India.
Birth Anniversary as Good Governance Day
Vajpayee’s birth anniversary is observed as Good Governance Day because he always emphasized on good governance rather than strong governance in India. As per the United Nations, the eight characteristics of good governance of a country are participatory, accountable, responsive, efficient, inclusive, equitable, consensus-oriented, and must follow the rule of law. With good governance a nation can minimize corruption and consider the voices of vulnerable communities and minorities. Thus, based on our former PM’s principles, we celebrate this day to remind our government that it must be transparent, unbiased, and oriented towards development.