Former PM I K Gujral, a migrant from Pakistan at time of Partition, who headed a rickety coalition govt in late 1990s, died today after a brief illness. Gujral , 92, breathed his last at 3.27 PM on Nov 30, 2012. He was admitted to the hospital on Nov 19 with a lung infection, family said.
Gujral belonged to a family of freedom fighters and had actively participated in the freedom struggle at a young age and was jailed in 1942 during the Quit India Movement. Former PM P V Narshimha Rao with I K Gujral. (Express archive)
A Congressman, his career took off when he became the NDMC Vice President in the '50s that led to being a Union Ministership and later was appointed India's Ambassador to the USSR. Former PM Inder Kumar Gujral and His Holiness Dalai Lama at his residence. (Express archive)
He was the Information and Broadcasting Minister when Emergency was imposed (on June 25, 1975), which brought in arbitrary press censorship, but was soon removed. PM Inder Kumar Gujral and Nawaz Sharif, PM Pakistan, greeting each other in Male, Maldives. (PTI)
Known for his intellectual abilities, Inder Kumar propounded the 'Gujral Doctrine' of five principles for maintaining good neighbourly relations. Renuka Chaudhary congratulating newly elected leader of united front Inder Kumar Gujral at AP Bhawan. (Express archive)
I K Gujral left the Congress to join the Janata Dal in the late-1980s. He was anointed External Affairs Minister in the V P Singh-led National Front government in 1989. Inder Kumar Gujral with Ex Chief Minister Mayawati at the function organised by Bahujan Samaj Party at her party office. (Express archive)
IK Gujral became PM after he emerged as consensus candidate when serious differences developed among the UF leaders including Lalu Prasad Yadav, Mulayam Singh and others as to who will become PM. S R Bommai addressing a press conference at his residence with Inder Kumar Gujral, Ram Vilas Paswan. (Express archive)