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Bharat Ratna for Vajpayee, Malaviya

It’s confirmed! The government is all set to confer the Bharat Ratna on Atal Bihari Vajpayee, sources confirmed on Tuesday. He will be conferred the country’s highest civilian honour along with Madan Mohan Malaviya, the founder of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) who has also served as its vice chancellor. He was also involved with the Hindu Mahasabha for quite long. Malaviya was deeply connected with Varanasi, the constituency which Modi won from in the Parliamentary elections this year.
On the other hand, Vajpayee has many legacies to be proud of. The one that stands out is his decorum and civility which is sadly in short supply today. As opposed to the genteel politics espoused by him, today’s public discourse has become shrill and antagonistic where no one really seems to listen to each other or indeed come up with reasoned arguments. He is in many ways a true coalition politician who understood the value of working with opponents. He is an exemplar for parties across the spectrum though they seem to have forgotten that particular brand of politics.
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