Former Prime Minister IK Gujral has been admitted to the Medicity Medanta Hospital, a hospital in Gurgaon yesterday, with lung Infection. PTI reports that his condition is said to be serious but near stable. The 92-year-old has been on dialysis for over a year. He was put on the ventilator on Saturday after his condition deteriorated. Gujral was admitted to the hospital four days ago with complaints of chest pain and had suffered a serious chest infection some days ago.
An archive image of former French President Jacques Chirac talking to former Indian Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral in New Delhi. Reuters
Born on 4 December 1919 in Jhelum (in pre-partition Punjab), Gujral was India's 12th Prime Minister from April 1997 to March 1998 and also only the second Prime Minister to govern exclusively from the Rajya Sabha. An active freedom fighter, he was jailed during the Quit India Movement in 1942.
His book the Gujral Doctrine, is thought to be a guide to India's policy with respect to its neighbours. His son Naresh Gujral is a Rajya Sabha MP.