This handout photo taken by India's Press Information Bureau (PIB) on July 27, 2017 shows Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiling the statue of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in Rameswaram, in Tamil Nadu state. AFP PHOTO / PIB
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Indian authorities have removed a copy of the Bible and the Quran from a new statue of a former president after a complaint by a Hindu nationalist party, officials said Tuesday.Kalam, who as a scientist played a leading role in India's landmark 1998 nuclear weapons tests, was president from 2002-2007 and a strongly secular figure.The sculpted Hindu "Bhagvad Gita" book was placed next to the statue before it was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week on the second anniversary of Kalam's death.Authorities have since prevented photographers from taking images of the statue.
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