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Saddam Bomb fireworks

No WMD: Burnt cover of a firework box having Saddam Hussein iconography (notice the tigers)

I gave up the habit years ago. Habit of picking stuff off the road. But this Diwali, I couldn't help myself. The great Indian cultural cauldron throws a Saddam at you on Diwali, delightfully, you lap it up.

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India's Saddam Hussein village : "In the playground we have Saddam Hussein running after Saddam Hussein, behind Saddam Hussein who is ahead of Saddam Hussein but too far from Saddam Hussein... it can all get a little confusing"
An old BBC story (dated January 2007) about a village in Bihar where every other Sunni Muslim kid is named Saddam Hussein.

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In early August 1990, pre- Gulf War days, former Indian Prime Minister I.K.Gujral,External Affairs Minister in the then V.P. Singh Government, during his transit stay in Amman , bear hugged (some say even kissed the two cheeks of) Saddam Hussein while on a visit to Iraq.

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Iraq was the only  member of OIC (Organisation of The Islamic Conference) that never supported the OIC resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir against India. OIC still loves making these resolutions religiously.

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Saddam was captured by U.S. forces on December 13, 2003 and  executed on December 30, 2006.

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About the photograph:
Terkheda in Osmanabad (no relation to bad Osama) district.of Indian state of Maharashtra is famous for it's firework industry. No wonder with the kind of marketing skills they have!
Picked up the cover a day before Diwali on a road in Talegaon, Pune. Brought it back with me, threw it back on the road and then photographed.

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