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Jaswant Singh, Indian politician

Politics and Military

Jaswant Singh (82) veteran Indian politician who was defense, finance, and external affairs minister during his career. Singh initially was an officer in the Indian army but resigned in the ‘60s to pursue a career in politics. He was among the founding members of the current Hindu nationalist ruling party, Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP. He was a lawmaker in India’s Parliament nine times and was minister for defense, finance, and external affairs when BJP came to power in 1998–2004. In 2009 Singh was expelled from the party for praising Mohammed Ali Jinnah, founder of India’s archrival Pakistan, in his book Jinnah: India, Partition, Independence. Singh was later let back in but distanced himself from the party in 2014 and unsuccessfully stood for election as an independent candidate. He was hospitalized on June 25 for multiple ailments and died of cardiac arrest in New Delhi, India on September 27, 2020.


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