NEW DELHI: Jurist, statesman and former member of Parliament L.M. Singhvi died in the Max Devki Devi Hospital here on Saturday afternoon. He was 76. He had been ailing for the past couple of weeks.
India’s longest serving High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr. Singhvi was also a prolific author, poet, publicist, linguist, litterateur and patron of art and culture. He was a BJP member of the Rajya Sabha from 1998 to 2004.
He is survived by his wife Kamla Singhvi; son, Congress spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member Abhishek Singhvi: and daughter, senior advocate Abhilasha.
President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condoled the death of Mr. Singhvi. The President said in the passing away of Mr. Singhvi, the nation had lost a prominent constitutional expert, a renowned scholar, a distinguished diplomat and an able Parliamentarian.
The former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, described Mr. Singhvi as a ‘Saraswatiputra’ and said he was an eminent jurist, a statesman, a litterateur and a noted exponent of Indian culture. Observing that he had an age-old relationship with Mr. Singhvi, Mr. Vajpayee said he had conceptualised the idea of holding ‘Pravasi Bharatiya Divas’ to promote interaction with non-resident Indians.