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.