Why did Atal Ji say, “I’m definitely unmarried but not a bachelor!”




Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who followed the tradition of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, remained unmarried forever. Though he once made a statement in Parliament over marriage which had become very debatable.

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During a debate on inflation in Parliament, Congress MP Veer bahadur Singh had once said, “Atalji, you are not even married, what would you know about the rising prices?” Atalji, at the same time, answered without losing time, ‘I’m definitely unmarried but not a bachelor!’

Many attempts were made to know the secret behind Atal ji’s statement. According to a series of interviews of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, author of Political Biography Kingshuk Nag, has written a book named ‘A man of all seasons’.

This book also gives a little bit of an eye on the never-opened angled of Atal ji’s heart. Whenever Atalji was asked about why he was unmarried, he used to have a single answer: I never get a time for a marriage while serving nation! Of course, by saying this, he used to give up with a light smile.

According to the tradition of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh the person who becomes a propagandist remains unmarried and dedicates his entire life to the Sangh. Atal ji was also the only proponent of this tradition.

But since college, he was in love with a Princess. Princess and Atal ji studied in Victoria College of Gwalior (now known as Queen Laxmi Bai College). Atal ji also wrote a poetic letter declaring the love for the princess. He put the letter in a book which she liked the most, but unfortunately he did not get the answer back.

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As mentioned in the King’s book, the princess had also put the letter in the same book accepting the Atal ji’s love, but the letter never reached to him. Later Atal ji was busy in Jan Sangh. Meanwhile, the princess’ got married to a professor of Ramjas College in Delhi.

After meeting in Delhi, the friendship of Atal ji and the princess became strong again. It was also discussed in the media at that time. In an interview, the princess accepted that, ‘I do not even think that Atal ji has the need to publicly clarify about our relationship.’

Atal ji and the princess’ relation’s purity was so much that the princess’ husband also respected her relationship with Atal ji very much. Famous journalist Kuldeep Nayyar has written about his relationship, ‘Such beautiful, holy affection has rarely seen in any relation. After being removed from the post of Prime Minister, the princess took immense care of Atalji. ‘

When Atal ji became a minister in the Morarji government, the princess’ entire family had lived at Atal ji’s official residence. Even when Atal ji became the Prime Minister, he lived with his adopted daughter Namrata Kaul and husband Ranjana Bhattacharya.

In the year 2014, when Princess passed away, Jyotiraditya Sindhia, along with Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Kalraj Mishra were also present in his funeral.

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