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Roundup 2019: Remembering famous people who passed away in 2019

Updated : 2019-12-25 15:52:15

The year 2019 witnessed losses in every field from politics to entertainment to business. Many eminent personalities belonging to various spheres passed away this year.

 George Fernandes:  A veteran politician, Fernandes (left) held several ministerial portfolios including communications, industry, railways, and defence. He was a trade unionist, statesman, journalist and also was the founder of Samata Party. He passed away on January 29. (Image: Reuters)
George Fernandes: A veteran politician, Fernandes (left) held several ministerial portfolios including communications, industry, railways, and defence. He was a trade unionist, statesman, journalist and also was the founder of Samata Party. He passed away on January 29. (Image: Reuters)
 Manohar Parrikar:  Former Chief Minister of Goa, Parrikar, who passed away on March 17, will also be remembered for the ‘Surgical Strikes’ India conducted during his tenure as Union Defence Minister from 2014 to 2017 in the National Democratic Alliance government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Manohar Parrikar: Former Chief Minister of Goa, Parrikar, who passed away on March 17, will also be remembered for the ‘Surgical Strikes’ India conducted during his tenure as Union Defence Minister from 2014 to 2017 in the National Democratic Alliance government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
 Sheila Dikshit:  Veteran leader of Indian National Congress. The three-time Delhi Chief Minister died on July 20 but will be remembered for the development works in the national capital.
Sheila Dikshit: Veteran leader of Indian National Congress. The three-time Delhi Chief Minister died on July 20 but will be remembered for the development works in the national capital.
 VG Siddhartha:  In July, the Indian business world was shaken by the suicide of VG Siddhartha, the man who made coffee shops a mainstay of the Indian psyche when he introduced the Cafe Coffee Day chain. He committed suicide on July 29 and his body was recovered from Netravati River near Mangalore on July 31. (Image: Reuters)
VG Siddhartha: In July, the Indian business world was shaken by the suicide of VG Siddhartha, the man who made coffee shops a mainstay of the Indian psyche when he introduced the Cafe Coffee Day chain. He committed suicide on July 29 and his body was recovered from Netravati River near Mangalore on July 31. (Image: Reuters)
 Sushma Swaraj:  Orator par excellence, Swaraj became the youngest Cabinet Minister of Haryana at the age of 25 in 1977 and then went on to become the first female Chief Minister of Delhi, even though for a short tenure, and held several posts during her political career. She also served as the first full-time female minister of external affairs under PM Modi. Swaraj died of a cardiac arrest on August 6, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Sushma Swaraj: Orator par excellence, Swaraj became the youngest Cabinet Minister of Haryana at the age of 25 in 1977 and then went on to become the first female Chief Minister of Delhi, even though for a short tenure, and held several posts during her political career. She also served as the first full-time female minister of external affairs under PM Modi. Swaraj died of a cardiac arrest on August 6, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
 Jagannath Mishra:  Mishra served as the chief minister of Bihar three times and was affectionately called 'Doctor Sahib'. He passed away on August 19, 2019.
Jagannath Mishra: Mishra served as the chief minister of Bihar three times and was affectionately called 'Doctor Sahib'. He passed away on August 19, 2019.
 Mohammed Zahur Khayyam Hashmi:  Better known as Khayyam, he was an Indian music director and background score composer whose career spanned four decades. Khayyam died on August 19, 2019. He is known for his works in Bollywood films such as Umrao Jaan, Kabhi Kabhie, Razia Sultan among others. (Image: Wikipedia)
Mohammed Zahur Khayyam Hashmi: Better known as Khayyam, he was an Indian music director and background score composer whose career spanned four decades. Khayyam died on August 19, 2019. He is known for his works in Bollywood films such as Umrao Jaan, Kabhi Kabhie, Razia Sultan among others. (Image: Wikipedia)
 Arun Jaitley:  Former Union finance and corporate affairs minister, Jaitley was successful in implementing economic reforms such as Goods and Services Tax, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, Real Estate Regulatory Authority Act and many others. After a prolonged illness, Jaitley passed away on August 24.
Arun Jaitley: Former Union finance and corporate affairs minister, Jaitley was successful in implementing economic reforms such as Goods and Services Tax, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, Real Estate Regulatory Authority Act and many others. After a prolonged illness, Jaitley passed away on August 24.
 Ram Jethmalani:  Jethmalani was a noted lawyer and former Union law minister who handled many high profile cases in the Supreme Court. He passed away on September 8 at the age of 95. (Image: IANS)
Ram Jethmalani: Jethmalani was a noted lawyer and former Union law minister who handled many high profile cases in the Supreme Court. He passed away on September 8 at the age of 95. (Image: IANS)
 S Jaipal Reddy:  A former Union minister and Congress leader, Reddy passed away on July 28. He was a five-time member of Lok Sabha, four-time MLA and two-time Rajya Sabha member. (Photo: IANS)
S Jaipal Reddy: A former Union minister and Congress leader, Reddy passed away on July 28. He was a five-time member of Lok Sabha, four-time MLA and two-time Rajya Sabha member. (Photo: IANS)
 Viju Khote:  Khote was a veteran Bollywood actor well known for his character as Kalia in ‘Sholey and Robert in 'Andaz Apna Apna'. He died on September 30. (Image: Wikimedia)
Viju Khote: Khote was a veteran Bollywood actor well known for his character as Kalia in ‘Sholey and Robert in 'Andaz Apna Apna'. He died on September 30. (Image: Wikimedia)
 TN Seshan:  Tirunellai Narayana Iyer Seshan, the 10th Chief Election Commissioner of India who served from 1990-96, is known for election reforms. He won the Ramon Magsaysay Award for government service in 1996. He breathed his last on November 10, 2019.
TN Seshan: Tirunellai Narayana Iyer Seshan, the 10th Chief Election Commissioner of India who served from 1990-96, is known for election reforms. He won the Ramon Magsaysay Award for government service in 1996. He breathed his last on November 10, 2019.
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