New Delhi, Republic of India
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FILE PHOTO 30AUG99 - FOR RELEASE WITH BC-INDIA-ELECTIONS-BJP - Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee shows a sword presented to him in an election campaign rally in New Delhi. The Kargil conflict has transformed Vajpayee from the tired and tormented victim of demanding regional partners to India's "man of destiny" who was capable of declaring war against Pakistan and thumbing his nose at international opinon. Picture taken August 30.