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Moulvi Abbas Ansari

'Vajpayee is the best PM after Nehru'

December 24, 2003

Unfortunately, we in the Hurriyat Conference have never had an opportunity to interact with Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. But, from what we have seen of him and from his actions, I can say confidently that he is the best administrator India has had in a long, long time.

Vajpayee is a man who does not flinch from taking bold steps. That is why we have such great hopes of him that he will help to eventually resolve the long-standing dispute in Kashmir.

Vajpayee is not a narrow-minded person. He does not think in communal terms. That is why we hope he achieves success in the mission he has embarked upon in Kashmir. Not only is he a good administrator, he is also a poet, and he will handle this problem in a sensitive manner.

In fact, I believe Vajpayee is the best prime minister after Jawaharlal Nehru. No prime minister since Nehru has had the courage of his convictions, until Vajpayee. That is why he has persevered in his attempts to resolve the Kashmir dispute. That is also why we are confident that his attempts for peace with Pakistan will move forward.

We hope that when he goes to Islamabad next month for the SAARC summit, he will take further steps to move the peace process ahead. This can only be good for both countries.

Pakistan's Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed was right when he said Vajpayee is the only hope for peace in the subcontinent. On the occasion of his 79th birthday, we pray that the prime minister's attempts for peace with Pakistan bear fruit, because that can only mean a just and honourable settlement of the Kashmir dispute and peace and prosperity for this entire region.

All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Moulvi Abbas Ansari spoke to Rajeev D Pai.

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Sub: who is the best indian pm?

But Lal Bahadur Shastri was a far far far better PM than both Vajpayee and Nehru.

Posted by Rammohan

Sub: ''Lal Bahadur Shastri'' the best Prime Minster of India

I believe that "Lal Bahadur Shastri" was the best Prime Minster of India. Had he remained at the helm of the country he would have ...

Posted by Bakulkumar Mastrambhai Trivedi

Sub: Atalji,,,

I strongly believe that the views expressed by the hurriat Chief is very true... But Its very sad, Such a visionary failed to make his ...

Posted by Bharath

Sub: Vajpayee best PM after Nehru

I think Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel would have been the best PM only if Gandhi had not let his love for Nehru supercede his love ...

Posted by Neha

Sub: best PM after nehru

I do not fully agree with Rammohan.Shastri beats Vajpayee and Nehru in simplicity and selfless attitude but as a PM you need to take strong ...

Posted by gaurav


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