A poem by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has been introduced in a Class VIII textbook byThe National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) after it was advised by the government to explore ways of immortalizing his contributions and achievements.Vajpayee’s poem “Kadam MilakarChalnaHoga (We Have To Walk Together)” is now part of the Hindi textbook, Vasant, which carries essays, poems and short stories by renowned writers such as Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, Hazari Prasad Dwivedi, SuryakantTripathi ‘Nirala’, HarishankarParsai and IsmatChughtai. The poem is an appeal to countrymen to walk together, irrespective of difficulties, for a better tomorrow.In March the revised textbook will hit the shelves before the new session. Vajpayee died on August 16 last year. Since then, the Centre and BJP governments in the states have commemorated his memory by naming schemes after him.The HRD Ministry as part of this effort, had asked NCERT to explore the inclusion of achievements associated with his years of prime ministership. Till then, Vajpayee was only mentioned in the Class XII Political Science textbook, Politics in India since Independence. As part of its ongoing revision of textbooksthe NCERT is then learnt to have introduced his poem. In 2017 under the first exercise, NCERT made 1,334 changes, which included additions, correction and update of data in 182 textbooks. The second revision is aimed at rationalizing curriculum to reduce burden on students. As part of this exercise Vajpayee’s poem has been introduced.