WION Gravitas: Nation bid emotional goodbye to Atal Bihari Vajpayee

As Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s foster daughter Namita Bhattacharya lit his pyre followed by a booming gun salute amid chants of mantras, the rain gods blessed the final adieu but held back a heavy shower that could have been a spoiler in laying to rest one of India’s most popular sons.