Atal Bihari Vajpayee, BJP‘s Moderate Fa…

Atal Bihari Vajpayee, India’s former prime minister who died Aug. 16, was one of the country’s greatest and most widely respected statesmen and the moderate face of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Hindu nationalism. Vajpayee’s death brings into sharp focus the contrast with the harsh and strident version of that ideology which the party now exercises with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah.

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