An era came to an end in Indian politics as the country's longest serving chief minister and communist patriarch Jyoti Basu passed away at a private hospital here on Sunday, declared Left Front chairman Biman Bose. He was 96.
Image: The body of former West Bengal Chief Minster Jyoti Basu is shifted to a morgue in Calcutta, India, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010.Veteran communist leader Jyoti Basu, who in 1996 came close to becoming India's prime minister, died Sunday after a prolonged illness, a party spokesman said. He was 96. (Photographs copyright AP)