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Both Sangh Parivar weeklies highlight the life-work and legacy of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in cover stories and articles to commemorate his birthday on December 25. "Atalji continued his battle of national interest from Parliament to the United Nations and from Delhi to the ordinary streets on his own," the Panchjanya editorial reminds readers. With Parliament passing the Lokpal bill, Panchjanya's cover story equates Vajpayee and Anna Hazare, and recalls Vajpayee's attempt to get the Lokpal bill passed through Parliament during his tenure as PM. It also underlines how he favoured bringing the PM too under the Lokpal. An article in Panchjanya describes passage of Lokpal Bill as an outcome of Anna Hazare's efforts.
"Vajpayee is known for poetic statesmanship and inclusive politics. With the true ethos of democracy, respect for the opposition voices and ability to accommodate converse views, has been the hallmark of Vajpayee's leadership," the editorial in the Organiser says, underlining that he "was the one who introduced the Lokpal bill in the Lok Sabha, with [the] insistence [on] bringing [the] prime minister in the ambit".
Describing him as a "statesmen with a soul", the Organiser has published excerpts from L.K. Advani's autobiography, where the author describes the former PM as "a man of destiny, a leader who deserved to lead India some day". Describing him as an "expert in taking all along", the Organiser has also carried an article by Shiv Kumar, a close associate of Vajpayee, wherein he is declared to be "suffering from the ills of old age".
In a rare gesture of appreciation for the Congress-led UPA government, the Organiser welcomes the tough stand taken against the US, over the alleged ill-treatment of an Indian diplomat. "For a change, [the] Indian government has taken a tough stand and politicians have shown [a] rare strength of unity in giving tit-for-tat to the arrogant US... we need to respond to the issue of 'US arrogance' and larger conspiracy involved in framing Indian diplomats... India needs to follow up hard on the case for the dignified acquittal of Devyani Khobragade and take a chance to teach a lesson to the US not only in tough diplomacy but also in human rights and legal enforcement," the editorial suggests.