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UK Flying Their Flag Half-Mast in India for Atal Bihari Vajpayee Speaks Volumes About the Former PM

The British High Commision in New Delhi flew the Union Jack at half-mast to honour the memory of Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Parth Sharma | News18.com

Updated:August 17, 2018, 4:25 PM IST
UK Flying Their Flag Half-Mast in India for Atal Bihari Vajpayee Speaks Volumes About the Former PM
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Politicians from across parties flew to Delhi, cancelling meetings with foreign diplomats and pre-poll campaigns. Meanwhile, thousands of obituaries are being posted on social media for former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away on Thursday evening at the age of 93.

As a mark of respect for Vajpayee, the Indian government announced a state mourning period of seven days starting from August 16 and the Home ministry further promised to fly the national flag at half-mast throughout India and all Indian missions abroad.

However, in a touching tribute and a rare gesture which furthered honoured the memory of the late PM, the British High Commission in New Delhi flew the Union Jack, UK’s national flag, at half-mast. The commission also tweeted that “UK stands with people of India #AtalJiAmarRahen”.

While it is customary for a nation to fly their national flag at half-mast as a sign of mourning, it is deeply moving to see other nations saluting the legacy of Atal Bihari Vajpayee by following suit as well.

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