Remembering Atal Bihari Vajpayee – Farewell to India’s ‘great son’
by Amit Roy MPS LEAD TRIBUTES AS FORMER PRIME MINISTER VAJPAYEE IS LAID TO REST. IT IS one of the civilised traditions of India that when politicians pass away, even their opponents come together to pay tribute to the departed leader. THOUSANDS of mourners in white funeral dress escorted the coffin of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, India’s former prime minister, through Delhi last Friday (17), showering his body in rose petals before his cremation. But when Atal Bihari Vajpayee died last week, aged 93, there appeared to be genuine mourning in India. Hundreds of millions of ordinary Indians mourned the death of a former prime minister they considered civilised and decent – and a poet, too. The route from Vajpayee’s home in Delhi to…
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