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Former Indian PM Vajpayee Dies after Illness at Age 93

Thursday, 16 August 2018 08:38 AM

NEW DELHI (AP) — Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has died after a prolonged illness. He was 93.

Vajpayee was a Hindu nationalist who in 1998 ordered nuclear weapons tests that stoked fears of atomic war with rival Pakistan. But he later launched a groundbreaking peace process with Islamabad.

That was not the only way in which Vajpayee seemed a political contradiction. He was a moderate leader of an often-strident Hindu nationalist movement, and a lifelong poet who revered nature but who oversaw India's growth into a swaggering regional economic power.

Vajpayee's supporters saw him as a skilled politician. Critics accused him and his party of stoking public fears of India's large Muslim minority. Both sides agreed he was that most rare thing in Indian politics: a man untainted by corruption scandals.

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