Former Indian PM I.K. Gujral dies aged 92: Minister
Published on Nov 30, 2012 7:28 PM
NEW DELHI (AFP) - Former Indian prime minister Inder Kumar Gujral, who engineered a thaw in the icy relationship with arch rival Pakistan, died on Friday aged 92, officials and colleagues announced.
Mr Gujral, who served as prime minister in a coalition government from April 1997 to March 1998, passed away on Friday afternoon at Gurgaon's Medanta Medicity hospital, near Delhi, where he was admitted 11 days ago with a lung infection.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described him as "a man of peace, an idealist who lived by his principles and an intellectual with the human touch" in a tribute on his official Twitter account.
Mr Gujral was born on December 4, 1919 in the city of Jhelum, Punjab (now part of Pakistan) into a family of Congress party workers. He began his career in politics as a student leader and member of the underground Communist Party of India. He was arrested in 1942 and jailed for his involvement in the anti-colonial Quit India movement.
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