Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, ex-Prime Minister of India, Padma Vibhushan and Bharat Ratna awardee, and a statesman par-excellence, one who was regarded across party-lines, is no more.
I write this post with a heavy heart, because with I’ve always been an admirer of Shri Vajpayee, the same as my parents and my husband.
I created this portrait of Mr. Vajpayee in 1998 – twenty years ago, and since then it has always graced the wall of either my living room or my office. It’s a reminder that a poet, an intellectual, and a man with integrity can be a respected statesman and rise to become the Prime Minister of India.
Today, we haven’t just lost a great man, we’ve also lost a symbol of clean politics, a confluence of art, intellect, and statesmanship, and possibly the last of Indian political giants.
May his soul rest in peace.