GURGAON – NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION – INDIA AUGUST 25 , 2013 11.50 A.M.
Today as I am sitting in Gurgaon , Haryana [ National Capital Region ] and waiting for the cab to arrive and take me to Indira Gandhi International Airport , New Delhi , I cannot miss the irony of the situation .
It is uncanny that this blog , which is an obituary of Shri Arun Gandhi , is being written in Gurgaon . Shri Arun Nehru died in Gurgaon . This blog is being written on August 25 , 2013 . Shri Arun Nehru died exactly one month before . He breathed his last on July 25 , 2013 in Gurgaon .
24 April 1944 – 25 July 2013
I would say that he was a reluctant politician and after retiring as a politician , he became a columnist and he was an excellent columnist .
He was member of the 7th and 8th Lok Sabhas from Rae Bareli on an Indian National Congress ticket . He , after resigning from the Congress , was member of the 9th Lok Sabha from Bilhaur as a Janata Dal leader.
Arun Nehru was born in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, and had worked in business for 17 years , before he entered politics . He was president of the Jenson and Nicholson group at the time when his aunt , Indira Gandhi, persuaded him to change career .
As a representative of the Indian National Congress , Shri Arun Nehru was a member of Parliament in the 7th Lok Sabha (1980-84) and 8th Lok Sabha (1984-89) . Aside from sitting on various consultative committees during this time , he was Union Minister of State for Energy (December 1984—September 1985,) and for Home Affairs (September 1985—October 1986) .
Later due to some differences with his cousin Shri Rajiv Gandhi , he left the Indian National Congress for Janata Dal and was elected to the 9th Lok Sabha, where he was Union Minister for Commerce and Tourism (December-November 1990) .
During his tenure as minister in the Home department in 1985-86, he was allegedly involved in the Czech pistol case, where a deal with a Czechoslovakian firm Merkuria Foreign Trade Corp. had resulted in a loss of around 25 lakh . But it is not the time to discuss such issues . We should be respectful to the departed soul . A man should not be criticized , when he is not there to defend himself .
I used to read his columns and was fan of Arun Nehru , the columnist . It is sad that he is gone and gone too soon .
VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre also joins in expressing grief over the sad and early demise of Shri Arun Nehru , the Last Nehru .
Adieu Shri Arun Nehru , perhaps the Last Nehru in Indian politics .
[ Personal details of Shri Arun Nehru and his alleged involvement in Czech Pistol Case has been taken from Wikipedia . I express gratitude . ]
MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA
- Arun Nehru dies aged 69 (thehindu.com)
- Former Union Minister Arun Nehru passes away (dnaindia.com)
- Former union minister Arun Nehru dies (ndtv.com)
- Arun Nehru’s mortal remains confined to flames by Priyanka’s son (niticentral.com)
- Nitish Kumar mourns passing away of Arun Nehru (dnaindia.com)
- Arun Nehru Former Union minister Dies (indiatimes.com)
- Arun Nehru cremated, Priyanka Gandhi’s son lights the pyre (dnaindia.com)
- Arun Nehru cremated (vancouverdesi.com)
- Former Union Minister Arun Nehru passes away in Gurgaon (ibnlive.in.com)
- From the corporate world to politics (thehindu.com)
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