Nirupam Sen, former Indian permanent representative to United Nations, passes away

New Delhi: Nirupam Sen, India's former permanent representative to the United Nations, passed away in New Delhi on Sunday. He was 70.

File image of Nirupam Sen. Getty images.

File image of Nirupam Sen. Getty images.

Succeeding Vijay K Nambiar, Sen served as India's permanent representative from September 2004 to March 2009.

After retirement, Sen was appointed as special senior advisor to the United Nations General Assembly president. He also served as India's ambassador to Sri Lanka, Bulgaria and Norway.

"Saddened at the passing of illustrious diplomat Ambassador Nirupam Sen. My condolences to his friends and family," West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted.

Hardeep Puri, who succeeded Sen as India's permanent representative to the United Nations, said that he knew his senior in Delhi University.

Puri said that after he got news of Sen's demise from the International Association of Permanent Representatives (IAPR) on WhatsApp, there was a spontaneous outpouring of grief on that social media.

"Nirupam was a brilliant mind, erudite and fearless," Puri said.

Updated Date: Jul 02, 2017 22:57 PM

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