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Inder Kumar Gujral, Former Indian Prime Minister, Dies at 92

Nov. 30, 2012

Former Indian prime minister Inder Kumar Gujral died Friday at the age of 92 after a prolonged illness.

Gujral, prime minister from 1996 to 1997, was best known for his efforts to improve relations between India and Pakistan.

A freedom fighter, Gujral began his political career with the Indian National Congress party but later joined the anti-Congress United Front coalition.

He was twice foreign minister and then India's 12th prime minister, heading a United Front government.

His vision of cooperation and support within South Asia, which came to be known as the Gujral doctrine, was based on the premise that India, as the most powerful country, should make the greatest diplomatic effort.

Gujral had been ailing for more than a year and died in a hospital in Gurgaon in the outskirts of the national capital. He would have turned 93 on Thursday.

Source: Copyright 2012 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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