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I. K. Gujral
country of citizenship:
India, British Raj
educated at: DAV College, Kanpur, Government College University, Forman Christian College
occupation: politician, diplomat
award received: Order of Friendship
position held: Minister of Finance, Minister of External Affairs, Prime minister of India, ambassador, Member of the 12th Lok Sabha
Indra Kumar Gujral (4 December 1919 – 30 November 2012) was an Indian politician who served as the 12th Prime Minister of India from April 1997 to March 1998.
Born in British India, he was influenced by nationalistic ideas as a student, and joined the All India Students Federation and the Communist Party of India. He was imprisoned for taking part in the Quit India movement. After independence, he joined the Indian National Congress party in 1964, and became a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha.
He was the Minister of Information and Broadcasting during the emergency. In 1976, he was appointed as the Ambassador of India to the Soviet Union. In 1996, he became the Minister of External Affairs in the Deve Gowda ministry, and developed the Gujral doctrine during this period. He was appointed as the 12th Prime Minister of India in 1997. His tenure lasted for less than a year.
He retired from all political positions in 1998. He died in 2012 at the age of 92, following hospitalization due to a lung infection.
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