Indian embassy mourns ex-PM

By Camille Bethel

The flag at the Indian High Commission, Port of Spain, will fly at half mast for the next week as India mourns the death of former prime minister IK Gujral who died yesterday at the age of 92.

The announcement of Gujral's death was made by the Indian High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago Malay Mishra yesterday to the media.

He said a book of mourning will be made available at the High Commission on December 5 and 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and there will be no official entertainment for the week.

Mishra said Gujral, who became a freedom fighter at the age of 11, served as Prime Minister from 1997 to 1998 but was a member of the Indian parliament for about 12 years.

"He served one term as the prime minister of India but also served the country in many other capacities as the Minister of External Affairs and many other portfolios."

According to international reports Gujral died at a hospital near New Delhi.

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