Inder Kumar Gujral, a famous political personality and the former Prime Minister of India passed away on Friday, 30th November 2012 in a hospital at Gurgaon. He was 93 years old and was suffering from a prolonged illness.
IK Gujral was born on 4th December, 1919 in Jhelum, which was earlier a part of undivided Punjab, now in Pakistan. He had a great family history of freedom fighters and was the eldest son of late Shri Avtar Narain Gujral and Late Smt. Pushpa Gujral. At the age of eleven he took part in the freedom struggle along with his brother and sister, he was also sent to jail during the Quit India
Movement. He completed his graduation at Hailey College of Commerce, Lahore and he married Shiela Bhasin, who was his college friend and a poet. IK Gujral has two sons Naresh Gujral and Vishal Gujral.
Gujral was the twelfth Prime minister of India and he served for a time period of eleven months, from April 1997 to March 1998. He was the only Rajya Sabha candidate to serve as the Prime Minister of India. He stepped into politics during his college life. He initially joined the communist party, but later on he joined the congress party after the Indo-Pak war.
He was an inborn freedom fighter and had qualities of a good politician and diplomat, he also had a great administrative qualities. Indira Gandhi
had great faith on him. He was the information and broadcasting minister in 1975, when the emergency was imposed. Besides this, IK Gujral was also the Chairman of the Indian Council of South Asian Co-operation and he became the leader of Rajya Sabha in 1996, he also served as a Minister in the Ministries of Communications and Parliamentary Affairs, Information &Broadcasting and Works & Housing, reported iloveindia.com.
Apart from politics, he also had other interests like writing and he was also the head of various sports
clubs and a part of social and cultural activities. He was the the Vice-President of Lok Kalyan
Samiti, President of the Nari Niketan Trust and the Founder President of the Delhi
Art Theater. His contribution regarding the foreign relationship was admirable, he came up with Gujral Doctrine which has a set of five principles which directs the conduct of foreign relationships with neighboring countries of India. With the death of IK Gujral, India has lost a high level diplomat, visionary and a great politician. May his soul rest in peace.