Former prime minister Inder Kumar Gujral to be cremated today

Former prime minister Inder Kumar Gujral to be cremated today
New Delhi Former Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral will be cremated in the capital today at 3 pm near Samata Sthal. He will be given a state funeral.

The body has been kept at his residence in Janpath for the public to pay their last respects.

Mr Gujral died in Gurgaon, on the outskirts of Delhi, on Friday. He would have turned 93 on December 4. Mr Gujral had been on dialysis for over a year; he was admitted to hospital on November 19 with a lung infection.

Mr Gujral was prime minister for the 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.

Story First Published: December 01, 2012 09:13 IST