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IN PHOTOS: Incredible India - Part 1

Last updated on: December 22, 2011 18:35 IST

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Part I of a series of photographs captured by ace lensmen that tell you why India is incredible. 

India's players and team celebrate after India won their ICC Cricket World Cup final match against Sri Lanka in Mumbai on April 2.

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Photographs: Vivek Prakash/Reuters

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Social activist Anna Hazare rests near microphones of news channels during a "fast unto death" campaign in New Delhi on April 8. Thousands of Indians held demonstrations across the country for in support of Hazare, who was demanding a tough anti-corruption law. In the background are the portraits of Mahatma Gandhi and other freedom fighters of India.

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Photographs: Parivartan Sharma/Reuters

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A fisherman arranges his fishing net as his wife paddles their boat in the waters of the Periyar river on the outskirts of Kochi in Kerala.  

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Photographs: Sivaram V/Reuters

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Hindu pilgrims dry their saree after taking a holy dip at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers, in the northern Indian city of Allahabad.

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Photographs: Jitendra Prakash/Reuters

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Boys chant sacred hymns after wearing a "janeyu" or sacred thread during a ritual in Allahabad. The janeyu, which is a thin, consecrated cord composed of distinct cotton strands, is worn to symbolise the coming of age among adolescent Brahmin, or high caste Hindu, males. 

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Photographs: Jitendra Prakash/Reuters

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School children ride on an auto-rickshaw on their way back home from school in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

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Photographs: Amit Dave/Reuters

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A labourer winnows rice at a market yard at Bavla near Ahmedabad January.

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Photographs: Amit Dave/Reuters

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A man plays the drum as he celebrates "Lathmar Holi", also known as the Festival of Colours, at Barsana in Uttar Pradesh. This tradition heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India.

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Photographs: K. K. Arora/Reuters

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Tourists take a boat ride amid heavy fog at Sukhana Lake on a cold day in Chandigarh.

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Photographs: Ajay Verma/Reuters

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Homeless people warm themselves by a bonfire as others sleep at a roadside on a cold morning in the old quarters of Delhi. According to local media reports, there are over 67,000 homeless in Delhi, of whom 15 percent are women and 10 percent children. 

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Photographs: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

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Indian Navy sailors are reflected in a puddle as they take part in a ceremonial parade during the Republic Day celebrations in the southern Indian city of Kochi January 26, 2011. India celebrated its 62nd Republic Day on Wednesday. Image has been rotated 180 degrees.

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Photographs: Sivaram V/Reuters

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A man runs after taking a holy dip at Sangam ahead of Magh Mela, a month-long Hindu festival, in Allahabad. The festival is an annual religious event held during the Hindu month of Magh, when thousands of Hindu devotees take a holy dip in the waters of the Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati.

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Photographs: Jitendra Prakash/Reuters

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A worker stitches two leather halves together with a spherical core inside to form a cricket ball at a factory in Meerut. The factory produces around 600 balls a day, and each costs retailers 60-600 rupees.

BDM, a family cricket equipment business for almost 90 years, has made bats, balls and other equipment for most of India's top cricketers, and international stars.

Devoid of heavy machinery, the workshop is filled with the thuds of hammers on leather, banging of cork into cores, and the tinkle of needle on steel as dozens of men furiously stitch together 600 balls every day. The workers are paid 5,000 rupees a month, plus performance-related bonuses.

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Photographs: Parivartan Sharma/Reuters

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India's yoga guru Swami Ramdev performs yoga during his fast against corruption in Haridwar on June 7.

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Photographs: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

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A man looks out of his auto rickshaw as he drives through foam overflowing from a drain outside a factory in Ahmedabad.

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Photographs: Amit Dave/Reuters

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