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Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and India's next prime minister Narendra Modi, second right, and BJP President Rajnath Singh, second left, perform evening rituals with the help of a Hindu priest, as leader Amit Shah folds his hands in respect on the banks of the River Ganges in Varanasi, an ancient city revered by millions of devout Hindus, India, Saturday, May 17, 2014. Modi will be India's next prime minister, winning the most decisive victory the country has seen in more than a quarter century and sweeping the long-dominant Congress party from power, results showed Friday. An elaborately decorated platform was built for him to offer prayers on the banks of the river. Saffron flags fluttered above the flower bedecked platform and thousands of supporters and onlookers milled around to watch as Hindu priests chanted sacred verses and burnt incense. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

Photographer Saurabh Das

Saurabh Das was born in Durgapur, West Bengal, India, and got his Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of Calcutta. He is currently based in New Delhi, India. He began his photojournalism career in New Delhi, first for the daily Asian Age, then for the AP.

Das then spent four years in Nigeria, working as a photographer for the AP in West Africa, before returning to New Delhi in 2005, where he is currently based. He has worked in Asia, Africa and the Middle East covering elections, wars, conflicts, volcanic eruptions, floods, earthquakes, plane and train crashes and heads of state and other important public figures, as well as the story of the common man. (AP)

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