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Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Rare pics!

Touted as the 'Bhishma Pitamah' of Indian politics, Atal Bihari Vajpayee received the biggest honor 'Bharat Ratna' on Friday by President Pranab Mukherjee. Let us take a look at some of his rare pics!

News Nation Bureau | Updated : 27 March 2015, 03:22:06 PM
Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Rare pics!

Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Rare pics!

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During his teenage years, Vajpayee was jailed briefly for opposing British colonial rule. However, he played no major role in Indian freedom.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Rare pics!

Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Rare pics!

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In one of the rare pics, Vajpayee can be seen with Shiv Sena late supremo Bal Thackeray.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Rare pics!

Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Rare pics!

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Vajpayee was the first Prime Minister to lay emphasis on 'Look East' policy. He even did several international tours.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Rare pics!

Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Rare pics!

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He initially tried communism but later joined Hindu right-wing outfits- Rashtriya Swamyamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Jan Sangh.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Rare pics!

Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Rare pics!

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In this rare picture, Vajpayee can be seen with Lal Krishna Advani during a poll gathering.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Rare pics!

Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Rare pics!

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Vajpayee rode triumphantly into Lahore aboard a bus, on an initiative that was pursued by his successor Manmohan Singh.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Rare pics!

Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Rare pics!

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee with IK Gujaral and his wife.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Rare pics!

Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Rare pics!

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A poet, orator and astute politician, Vajpayee reached far beyond his BJP’s nationalist political agenda.