Union Cabinet condoles passing away of former PM

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 30, 2012 23:40 hrs

The Cabinet met Friday to condole the passing away of former Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral.

India´s 12th Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral, whose policy of pacifism with neighbours continues to influence the Asian giant´s foreign policy architecture, passed away after a multi-organ failure at Medanta Medicity hospital in Gurgaon on Friday. He was 93.

Gujral, who was admitted to the hospital on Nov 19 with a lung infection, died at around 3:30 pm.

He was unwell for quite some time and was on ventilator support.

The Cabinet said, "The Cabinet expresses profound sorrow at the sad demise of Shri Inder Kumar Gujral, the former Prime Minister of India, on Nov 30, 2012. In his death, 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, Gujral held various Ministerial positions as Minister of External Affairs; Minister of Water Resources; Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs & Communications and Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting and Communications.

Born on 4th December, 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 placed on record its deep sense of grief at the passing away of Inder Kumar Gujral and extended its sincere condolences on behalf of the entire nation to the bereaved family.

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