Along with Vajpayee, Madan Mohan Malviya, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Nawaz Sharif, share December 25th as their birthdays. (Photo Credit: File Photo)
The Indian government marks December 25th, the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, as ‘Good Governance Day’. Vajpayee was one of the most admired and loved politicians and his acceptability across different sections brought BJP, once untouchable politically, to the centre stage of the Indian politics. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was elected as the prime minister of India for three times. He first became the PM in 1996. However, his minority government could only last for 13 days due to lack of majority. He returned to power in 1998 but government collapsed after 13 months. He was again re-elected as PM in 1999 and became the first non-Congress leader to complete his full five-year tenure as PM.
Moreover, along with Vajpayee, three other prominent public figures, Madan Mohan Malviya, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Nawaz Sharif, also share December 25th as their birthdays.
Madan Mohan Malviya played an important role in the freedom movement besides making an invaluable contribution in the field of education. Born on December 25, 1861, in Allahabad (now Prayagraj) in Uttar Pradesh, he played a key role in the Indian independence struggle against British rule and founded the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in 1916. Malviya breathed his last on November 12, 1946, at the age of 84. In 2014, he was posthumously conferred with Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian award.
Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan was born on December 25, 1876. Jinnah was the leader of Muslim League and served it until August 14, 1947. He later went on to become Governor General of Pakistan. Jinnah breathed his last on September 11, 1948.
Nawaz Sharif, a man who hailed from a businessmen family, later became the prime minister of Pakistan. Interestingly, Sharif is the longest-serving prime minister of Pakistan having served a total of more than 9 years. Currently, he is undergoing treatment in London, may be shifted to the US next week for better medical care for his multiple diseases. He was born on December 25, 1949.