Jaswant Singh Cremated In Jodhpur, Family, Leaders Pay Last Respects

Former Union Minister Jaswant Singh, who died in Delhi this morning, was cremated at his farm house in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur in the evening. Mr Singh, 82, died after a cardiac arrest at Delhi’s Army Hospital (Research & Referral), where he had been admitted in June.

Dozens of family members and close friends – wearing face masks and maintaining social distance amid the Covid pandemic – gathered to pay their last respects as Mr Singh’s son, Manvendra Singh, lit the funeral pyre while Vedic mantras were being chanted.

A wreath was also laid on behalf of the Indian Army.

A close aide of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Jaswant Singh had a long and distinguished political career, serving as India’s Foreign, Defence and Finance ministers. He was also one of the country’s longest-serving parliamentarians.

Mr Singh, who studied at Mayo College in Ajmer, was also a officer in the Army in the 1950s and 60s; he resigned to pursue a career in politics.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his shock at Mr Singh’s death and said he had “served our nation diligently first as a soldier and later during his long association with politics”.

“Jaswant Singhjii served our nation diligently, first as a soldier and later during his long association with politics. During Atalji‘s government, he handled crucial portfolios and left a strong mark in the worlds of finance, defence and external affairs. Saddened by his demise,” the tweet read.

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