The Indian Herald

The Indian Herald

January 27, 2009

Former President R Venkataraman passes away

Former President R Venkataraman passed away in Delhi on Tuesday. Venkataraman, a member of constituent assembly, was the India's president from 1987 to 1992.

He was 98. The former president was hospitalised and was on life suppor system for the last few days. He died on Thursday afternoon. Ramaswamy Venkataraman had served as Vice-President of the country before getting elected as the President of Indian republic.

He was born in 1910 in Tamil Nadu and had obtained a masters degree from Madras College. He had practiced as a lawyer in the High Court and the Supreme court. Besides, Venkataraman took part in the freedom struggle.

After independence, he took an active part in the politics. He was member of India's constituent assembly and was also a member of the first Lok Sabha after independence.

He later served in the United Nations and was Finance minister in the Indira Gandhi's cabinet. Prominent leaders of the country and citizens from all cross-sections have expressed their grief over the death of the veteran leader.

TIH Bureau

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