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Students place candles around a painting featuring India's former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to pay him homage in Mumbai, India, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas

Students place candles around a painting featuring India's former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to pay him homage in Mumbai, India, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas

Students place candles around a painting featuring India's former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to pay him homage in Mumbai, India, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas
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Schoolgirls hold candles and photographs of India's former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to pay him homage during a prayer ceremony inside a school in Chennai, India, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/P. Ravikumar

Schoolgirls hold candles and photographs of India's former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to pay him homage during a prayer ceremony inside a school in Chennai, India, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/P. Ravikumar

Schoolgirls hold candles and photographs of India's former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to pay him homage during a prayer ceremony inside a school in Chennai, India, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/P. Ravikumar
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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays homage to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee inside the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays homage to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee inside the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays homage to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee inside the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays homage to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee inside the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays homage to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee inside the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays homage to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee inside the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays homage to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee inside the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays homage to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee inside the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays homage to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee inside the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath pay homage to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee inside the BJP headquarters in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath pay homage to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee inside the BJP...more

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath pay homage to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee inside the BJP headquarters in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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Schoolchildren pray for the speedy recovery of India's former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, inside a school in Ahmedabad, India, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Schoolchildren pray for the speedy recovery of India's former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, inside a school in Ahmedabad, India, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Schoolchildren pray for the speedy recovery of India's former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, inside a school in Ahmedabad, India, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Amit Dave
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Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party's candidate for prime minister, gestures while talking to reporters at the Indian Presidential palace after meeting President Shankar Dayal Sharma in New Delhi, India May 10, 1996. REUTERS/Sunil Malhotra/Files

Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party's candidate for prime minister, gestures while talking to reporters at the Indian Presidential palace after meeting President Shankar Dayal Sharma in New Delhi, India May 10, 1996....more

Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party's candidate for prime minister, gestures while talking to reporters at the Indian Presidential palace after meeting President Shankar Dayal Sharma in New Delhi, India May 10, 1996. REUTERS/Sunil Malhotra/Files
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Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee speaks during a news conference in the eastern Indian university town of Shantiniketan, northwest of Calcutta, India April 2, 2004. REUTERS/Jayanta Shaw/Files

Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee speaks during a news conference in the eastern Indian university town of Shantiniketan, northwest of Calcutta, India April 2, 2004. REUTERS/Jayanta Shaw/Files

Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee speaks during a news conference in the eastern Indian university town of Shantiniketan, northwest of Calcutta, India April 2, 2004. REUTERS/Jayanta Shaw/Files
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Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee folds his hands in a traditional Indian style of greeting upon the start of the inauguration of the 73rd Annual Session of the FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) gathering in New Delhi, India December 16, 2000. REUTERS/Kamal Kishore/Files

Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee folds his hands in a traditional Indian style of greeting upon the start of the inauguration of the 73rd Annual Session of the FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) gathering in New...more

Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee folds his hands in a traditional Indian style of greeting upon the start of the inauguration of the 73rd Annual Session of the FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) gathering in New Delhi, India December 16, 2000. REUTERS/Kamal Kishore/Files
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Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee sits with school children, some of them wearing masks to protect from pollution, at his residence on Earth Day in New Delhi, India April 22, 2000. REUTERS/Files

Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee sits with school children, some of them wearing masks to protect from pollution, at his residence on Earth Day in New Delhi, India April 22, 2000. REUTERS/Files

Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee sits with school children, some of them wearing masks to protect from pollution, at his residence on Earth Day in New Delhi, India April 22, 2000. REUTERS/Files
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Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee (C) looks at a gift named "Portrait of the Qing Emperor Qianlong Reviewing" given to him by the Forbidden City in Beijing, China June 24, 2003. REUTERS/Guang Niu/Files

Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee (C) looks at a gift named "Portrait of the Qing Emperor Qianlong Reviewing" given to him by the Forbidden City in Beijing, China June 24, 2003. REUTERS/Guang Niu/Files

Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee (C) looks at a gift named "Portrait of the Qing Emperor Qianlong Reviewing" given to him by the Forbidden City in Beijing, China June 24, 2003. REUTERS/Guang Niu/Files
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FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) speaks with Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee during a signing ceremony in Moscow's Kremlin, Russia November 12, 2003. Mikhail Metzel/Pool via Reuters/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) speaks with Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee during a signing ceremony in Moscow's Kremlin, Russia November 12, 2003. Mikhail Metzel/Pool via Reuters/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) speaks with Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee during a signing ceremony in Moscow's Kremlin, Russia November 12, 2003. Mikhail Metzel/Pool via Reuters/File Photo
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FILE PHOTO: Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee wears a traditional Muslim cap during a gathering to break fast with foreign Muslim diplomats in conjunction with the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan at a hotel in New Delhi, India December 19, 2000.  REUTERS/Kamal Kishore/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee wears a traditional Muslim cap during a gathering to break fast with foreign Muslim diplomats in conjunction with the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan at a hotel in New Delhi, India December 19,...more

FILE PHOTO: Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee wears a traditional Muslim cap during a gathering to break fast with foreign Muslim diplomats in conjunction with the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan at a hotel in New Delhi, India December 19, 2000. REUTERS/Kamal Kishore/File Photo
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Police stand inside the premises of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where India's former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is undergoing treatment in New Delhi, India, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Police stand inside the premises of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where India's former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is undergoing treatment in New Delhi, India, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Police stand inside the premises of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where India's former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is undergoing treatment in New Delhi, India, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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Police stand inside the premises of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where India's former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is undergoing treatment in New Delhi, India, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Police stand inside the premises of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where India's former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is undergoing treatment in New Delhi, India, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Police stand inside the premises of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where India's former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is undergoing treatment in New Delhi, India, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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An armed policeman stands guard outside the residence of India's former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in New Delhi, India, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

An armed policeman stands guard outside the residence of India's former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in New Delhi, India, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

An armed policeman stands guard outside the residence of India's former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in New Delhi, India, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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A security official peeps through the gate of the residence of India's former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in New Delhi, India, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

A security official peeps through the gate of the residence of India's former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in New Delhi, India, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

A security official peeps through the gate of the residence of India's former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in New Delhi, India, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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An ambulance carrying the body of India's former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee arrives at his residence in New Delhi, India, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

An ambulance carrying the body of India's former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee arrives at his residence in New Delhi, India, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

An ambulance carrying the body of India's former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee arrives at his residence in New Delhi, India, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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India's President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah and L.K. Advani, a BJP leader, watch the pyre of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee during his cremation in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

India's President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah and L.K. Advani, a BJP leader, watch the pyre of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee during his cremation in New...more

India's President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah and L.K. Advani, a BJP leader, watch the pyre of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee during his cremation in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays his respect to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee before his cremation in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays his respect to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee before his cremation in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays his respect to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee before his cremation in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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India's former prime minister Manmohan Singh pays his respect to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee before his cremation in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

India's former prime minister Manmohan Singh pays his respect to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee before his cremation in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

India's former prime minister Manmohan Singh pays his respect to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee before his cremation in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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People crowd around the hearse carrying the body of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as they move towards the cremation site in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

People crowd around the hearse carrying the body of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as they move towards the cremation site in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

People crowd around the hearse carrying the body of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as they move towards the cremation site in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah follow the hearse carrying the body of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as they move towards the cremation site in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah follow the hearse carrying the body of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as they move towards the cremation site in New Delhi, India, August 17,...more

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah follow the hearse carrying the body of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as they move towards the cremation site in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer
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People are seen in the backdrop of the burning pyre of India's former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee during his cremation in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

People are seen in the backdrop of the burning pyre of India's former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee during his cremation in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

People are seen in the backdrop of the burning pyre of India's former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee during his cremation in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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A soldier adjusts the Indian national flag on the coffin of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee before his cremation in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

A soldier adjusts the Indian national flag on the coffin of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee before his cremation in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

A soldier adjusts the Indian national flag on the coffin of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee before his cremation in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's foster daughter Namita Bhattacharya (R) and granddaughter Niharika (C) stand next to Vajpayee's pyre during his cremation in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's foster daughter Namita Bhattacharya (R) and granddaughter Niharika (C) stand next to Vajpayee's pyre during his cremation in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's foster daughter Namita Bhattacharya (R) and granddaughter Niharika (C) stand next to Vajpayee's pyre during his cremation in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) and Mohan Bhagwat (L), chief of the Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), attend the cremation of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) and Mohan Bhagwat (L), chief of the Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), attend the cremation of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018....more

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) and Mohan Bhagwat (L), chief of the Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), attend the cremation of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in New Delhi, India, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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