Former Prime Minister IK Gujral dies at the age of 92

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  1. Daredevil

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    Former Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral died at the age of 92 in New Delhi on Friday.

    Gujral headed the United Front government for 11 months from 1997 to 1998, had been ailing for a long time.

    He was India's external affairs minister during the 1991 Gulf War.
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    New Delhi: Former prime minister Inder Kumar Gujral has died. He was 92.
    "Gujral passed away at 3.31 pm at Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon, outside Delhi," Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde announced in Lok Sabha today.

    He was admitted to the Medicity Medanta Hospital on November 19 with a lung infection. (Read: The legacy of IK Gujral)

    He was on dialysis for over a year and had contracted a serious chest infection some days ago.
    Mr Gujral who was prime minister for year between 1996 and 1997, during a turbulent political time for the country. He succeeded H D Deve Gowda as Prime Minister after the Congress withdrew support to the United Front government and remained at the Congress' mercy till his own government fell.

    Mr Gujral was best known for his Gujral Doctrine, which proposed closer ties with India and her neighbour. He also opened dialogue with Pakistan despite its prickly attitude towards India. Mr Gujral was also foreign minister twice.
     
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    This is seems to be season for deaths
     
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    Once, I travelled on the train with him and his family in the same coach a few years back. Very unpretentious man.
    He was quite popular with the New Friends Colony older folks who used to go for morning walks too.

    RIP IK Gujral
     
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    Should not speak ill of the dead, but this gentleman (a down to earth, gentleman he was indeed) will be remembered for all the wrong reasons

    1. Supporting Saddam during Gulf War I

    2. Signing the death warrant for the Indian intelligence assets in Pakistan.

    RIP.
     
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    May he rest in peace.
     
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    Regarding second point. He was not a strong leader who could've taken this decision independently. At best he ratified it, if it indeed were implemented ;).
    Nevertheless, he was the head of the govt. and as such must be held accountable.

    I don't think his rule was particularly memorable.
     
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    Cannot speak ill of the dead
     
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    RIP.

    But the legacy he leaves is not worth it.
     
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