The Cabinet met today to condole the passing away of former Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral and declared state mourning of seven days as mark of respect to the departed leader.
The Cabinet also passed a resolution in his remembrances, which says, "India has lost a great patriot, a visionary leader and a freedom fighter. Gujral actively participated in the freedom struggle and was imprisoned during the Quit India Movement."
"As a distinguished diplomat, he served as Ambassador of India to the erstwhile U.S.S.R. and special envoy of India to a number of countries. Gujral was an esteemed Member of Parliament in both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha. Before assuming the office of the Prime Minister of India on the 21st April, 1997, he held various Ministerial positions as Minister of External Affairs; Minister of Water Resources; Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Communications and Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting and Communications," says the resolution.
Born on December 4, 1919, at Jhelum in undivided Punjab into a family of freedom fighters, Gujral was an erudite scholar, an eminent intellectual and a well-respected commentator on national and international affairs.
The Cabinet has placed on record its deep sense of grief at his passing away and has extended its sincere condolences on behalf of the entire nation to the bereaved family. (ANI)