Atal Bihari Vajpayee looks at a gift given to him by the Forbidden City in Beijing, China in 2003. Reuters: File Photo
Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee scripted path-breaking reforms in telecom, road, power, and taxes. Despite sanctions following Pokharan-II in 1998 and the Kargil War in 1999, the government managed to keep economic growth above 6 per cent till 1999-2000. Growth slowed in 2002-03, with drought, but recovered soon.