Photos: The life and times of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who served as India’s Prime Minister on two separate occasions, passed away at 93 on August 16, 2018. Here are some memorable images from his time in the public eye.

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<p>Atal Bihari Vajpayee in a pensive mood. </p>
The life and times of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee in a pensive mood.

<p>A jovial Atal Bihari Vajpayee with a pet dog. </p>
Atal Bihari Vajpayee

A jovial Atal Bihari Vajpayee with a pet dog.

<p>Atal Bihari Vajpayee with the late Dravida Munnetra Kazagham supremo M Karunanidhi. </p>
Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee with the late Dravida Munnetra Kazagham supremo M Karunanidhi.

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<p>Atal Bihari Vajpayee with former Congress president Sonia Gandhi. </p>
Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee with former Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

<p>Atal Bihari Vajpayee with the former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam. </p>
Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee with the former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam.

<p>Atal Bihari Vajpayee shares a lighter moment with the late All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazagham chief J Jayalalithaa. </p>
Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee shares a lighter moment with the late All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazagham chief J Jayalalithaa.

<p>Atal Bihari Vajpayee with the then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi. </p>
Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee with the then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi.

<p>Atal Bihari Vajpayee with Nobel laureate Mother Teresa. </p>
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Atal Bihari Vajpayee with Nobel laureate Mother Teresa.

<p>Atal Bihari Vajpayee with the former Indian prime minister PV Narasimha Rao. </p>
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Atal Bihari Vajpayee with the former Indian prime minister PV Narasimha Rao.

<p>Atal Bihari Vajpayee with the Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati. </p>
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Atal Bihari Vajpayee with the Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati.

<p>Atal Bihari Vajpayee in a joyful mood. </p>
Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee in a joyful mood.

<p>Atal Bihari Vajpayee answering a question at a press conference. </p>
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Atal Bihari Vajpayee answering a question at a press conference.

<p>Atal Bihari Vajpayee in a thoughtful mood. </p>
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Atal Bihari Vajpayee in a thoughtful mood.

<p>Vajpayee with the former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh. </p>
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Vajpayee with the former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh.

<p>Atal Bihari Vajpayee with spiritual leader Sri Sathya Sai Baba. </p>
Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee with spiritual leader Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

<p>Vajpayee with the then US president Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Clinton. </p>
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Vajpayee with the then US president Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Clinton.

<p>Atal Bihari Vajpayee garlanded at a function. </p>
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Atal Bihari Vajpayee garlanded at a function.

<p>Atal Bihari Vajpayee shaking hands with the then Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif. </p>
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Atal Bihari Vajpayee shaking hands with the then Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

<p>Atal Bihari Vajpayee speaking at a function. </p>
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Atal Bihari Vajpayee speaking at a function.

<p>Atal Bihari Vajpayee delivering a speech at Lucknow. </p>
Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee delivering a speech at Lucknow.

<p>Vajpayee with his close friend and the then deputy prime minister of India, Lal Krishna Advani. </p>
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Vajpayee with his close friend and the then deputy prime minister of India, Lal Krishna Advani.

<p>Atal Bihari Vajpayee with the late Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto. </p>
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Atal Bihari Vajpayee with the late Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

<p>Vajpayee with the Indian cricket team ahead of the historic Pakistan tour in 2004. </p>
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Vajpayee with the Indian cricket team ahead of the historic Pakistan tour in 2004.

<p>Vajpayee with the Palestinian political leader Yasser Arafat. </p>
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Vajpayee with the Palestinian political leader Yasser Arafat.

<p>Vajpayee sharing a stage with the former Congress president Sonia Gandhi. </p>
Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Vajpayee sharing a stage with the former Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

<p>Atal Bihari Vajpayee with Sri Sathya Sai Baba. </p>
Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee with Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

<p>Vajpayee celebrating Holi with Lal Krishna Advani. </p>
Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Vajpayee celebrating Holi with Lal Krishna Advani.

<p>Atal Bihari Vajpayee with the Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee. </p>
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Atal Bihari Vajpayee with the Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee.

<p>Atal Bihari Vajpayee with kids on the occasion of Rakhi. </p>
Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee with kids on the occasion of Rakhi.

<p>Atal Bihari Vajpayee with Sankaracharya of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam Jayendra Saraswati Swami. </p>
Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee with Sankaracharya of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam Jayendra Saraswati Swami.

<p>Vajpayee with the Russian president Vladimir Putin. </p>
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Vajpayee with the Russian president Vladimir Putin.

<p>Vajpayee with George Fernandes and Sushma Swaraj at a press conference. </p>
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Vajpayee with George Fernandes and Sushma Swaraj at a press conference.

<p>Vajpayee with iconic singer Lata Mangeshkar. </p>
Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Vajpayee with iconic singer Lata Mangeshkar.

<p>Lal Krishna Dvani speaking at a function about Atal Bihari Vajpayee. </p>
Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Lal Krishna Dvani speaking at a function about Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

<p>Atal Bihari Vajpayee felicitated at a ceremony. </p>
Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee felicitated at a ceremony.

<p>Atal Bihari Vajpayee sharing a stage with BJP leader Gopinath Munde. </p>
Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee sharing a stage with BJP leader Gopinath Munde.

<p>BJP stalwart Pramod Mahajan looks on as Atal Bihari Vajpayee speaks at a function </p>
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BJP stalwart Pramod Mahajan looks on as Atal Bihari Vajpayee speaks at a function

<p>Atal Bihari Vajpayee addressing the media. </p>
Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee addressing the media.

<p>Vajpayee with the former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf. </p>
Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Vajpayee with the former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf.

<p>Vajpayee with Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray and Manohar Joshi. </p>
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Vajpayee with Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray and Manohar Joshi.

<p>Atal Bihari Vajpayee sitting in his garden. </p>
Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee sitting in his garden.

<p>Atal Bihari Vajpayee with the Pope John Paul II. </p>
Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee with the Pope John Paul II.

<p>Atal Bihari Vajpayee with Odissi dance maestro Sonal Mansingh. </p>
Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee with Odissi dance maestro Sonal Mansingh.

<p>Atal Bihari Vajpayee sharing a happy moment with Sushma Swaraj. </p>
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Atal Bihari Vajpayee sharing a happy moment with Sushma Swaraj.

<p>Atal Bihari Vajpayee in a turban at a function in Amritsar. </p>
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Atal Bihari Vajpayee in a turban at a function in Amritsar.

<p>Atal Bihari Vajpayee with the late Cuban president Fidel Castro. </p>
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Atal Bihari Vajpayee with the late Cuban president Fidel Castro.

<p>Atal Bihari Vajpayee with Gopinath Munde, Suresh Prabhu, and Narayan Rane. </p>
Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee with Gopinath Munde, Suresh Prabhu, and Narayan Rane.

<p>Atal Bihari Vajpayee (extreme right) with the then US president Jimmy Carter and then Indian prime minister Morarji Desai. </p>
Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee (extreme right) with the then US president Jimmy Carter and then Indian prime minister Morarji Desai.

<p>Vajpayee with the then Britain prime minister Tony Blair. </p>
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Vajpayee with the then Britain prime minister Tony Blair.

<p>Vajpayee during the first national convention of BJP in Bombay.(Photo tweeted by @IndiaHistoryPic) </p>
Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Vajpayee during the first national convention of BJP in Bombay.(Photo tweeted by @IndiaHistoryPic)

<p>Atal Bihari Vajpayee reading a newspaper during his younger days. (Photo tweeted by @IndiaHistoryPic) </p>
Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee reading a newspaper during his younger days. (Photo tweeted by @IndiaHistoryPic)

<p>Vajpayee with his family members. (Photo tweeted by @IndiaHistoryPic) </p>
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Vajpayee with his family members. (Photo tweeted by @IndiaHistoryPic)

<p>Atal Bihar Vajpayee giving a speech at a rally. (Photo tweeted by @IndiaHistoryPic) </p>
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Atal Bihar Vajpayee giving a speech at a rally. (Photo tweeted by @IndiaHistoryPic)

<p>Vajpayee in a ruminative mood. (Photo tweeted by @IndiaHistoryPic) </p>
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Vajpayee in a ruminative mood. (Photo tweeted by @IndiaHistoryPic)

<p>Vajpayee with the late former Rajasthan chief minister Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and former deputy prime minister of India Lal Krishna Advani.(Photo tweeted by @IndiaHistoryPic) </p>
Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Vajpayee with the late former Rajasthan chief minister Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and former deputy prime minister of India Lal Krishna Advani.(Photo tweeted by @IndiaHistoryPic)

<p>Vajpayee on a China visit in 1979. (Photo tweeted by @IndiaHistoryPic) </p>
Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Vajpayee on a China visit in 1979. (Photo tweeted by @IndiaHistoryPic)

<p>Vajpayee with the late co-founder of Jan Sangh Deen Dayal Upadhyay. (Photo tweeted by @IndiaHistoryPic) </p>
Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Vajpayee with the late co-founder of Jan Sangh Deen Dayal Upadhyay. (Photo tweeted by @IndiaHistoryPic)

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