Did you know? Parmanu & Lakshya are based on true events that took place when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the PM

India's former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away today in Delhi's AIIMS. While his tenure as a PM of India, Vajpayee played a vital role during Pokhran tests and Kargil War. Both these historic events went on to be adapted on the big screen in the form of Parmanu: The story of Pokhran and Lakshya.
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India's former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away in Delhi today. Vajpayee, who was 93 years old, breathed his last at 05:05 p.m. in Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). He was admitted in the hospital on July 11, 2018, and since then, he was under constant medical supervision. He was admitted because of kidney tract infection, chest congestion and his urine output being on the lower side. Atal Bihari Vajpayee served as India's Prime Minister twice -  once between 1996-1999 and again in 1999 to 2004.

During the two tenures, Vajpayee played an important role in shaping India’s future. He was also responsible for making India a powerful nuclear state. Not many knew about the nuclear tests that took place in Pokhran till now. John Abraham’s Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran released this year and it shows how it adds a feather to India’s list of accomplishments on the international map. The film clearly shows how the then Prime Minister, who was Atal Bihari Vajpayee, had an important role to play in it. A series of 5 nuclear bomb test explosions were conducted by India in May 1998 at Indian Army's Pokhran Test Range. It was called Pokhran - II as it was the second Indian nuclear test. The first detonation of the one fusion and two fission bombs took place on May 11, 1998, and later two two fission bombs were detonated on May 13, 1998. At that time, the then Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee conducted a press conference and proudly declared India as a full-fledged nuclear state. 

The next big but unfortunate event that took place during Atal Bihari Vajpayee tenure was the Kargil War of 1999. This event was adapted in Hrithik Roshan starrer, Lakshya (2004) which was directed by Farhan Akhtar. The Kargil War took place between India and Pakistan in the year 1999 from May to July. The conflict took place in Kashmir's Kargil district and along the Line of Control (LOC). During the war, many Pakistani militants and non-uniformed Pakistani soldiers had infiltrated into the Kashmir Valley in 1999 and that lead to a war and the death of over 500 Indian soldiers. At that time, Atal Bihari Vajpayee had sent a secret letter to the then US President Bill Clinton. In the letter, Vajpayee wrote that if Pakistani infiltrators don't leave the Indian territory, "we will get them out, one way or the other". India went on to win the war against Pakistan. 

A prolific leader like Atal Bihari Vajpayee is rare and inspiring and we pray that the departed soul rests in peace. 

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Bajpaei was a legend

Atalji was extremely dedicated and sincere to India, if not for him India would never become a nuclear state.

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