Chennai, Aug.10: Former Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu Governor P C Alexander died at a hospital in Chennai on Wednesday. He was 90.
Alexander died at the Madras Medical Mission Hospital here.
A distinguished bureaucrat, Alexander had served as the Principal Secretary to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. He had also served as a member of the Rajya Sabha and was considered a candidate for the post of President of India in 2007.
Dr. Padinjarethalakal Cherian Alexander was born on March 20, 1921. His career included extended stints with the United Nations and the Commerce Ministry, besides being a powerful Principal Secretary to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. He also served as India’s High Commissioner to London.
He served as the Governor of Tamil Nadu from 1988 to 1990 and as the Governor of Maharashtra from 1993 to 2002. During his time in Maharashtra, he had additional charge of Goa from 1996 to 1998. He was also a member of Rajya Sabha representing Maharashtra as Independent candidate from July 29, 2002 to April 2, 2008.
He had written his autobiography “Through the Corridors of Power”.
My Years with Indira Gandhi, The Perils of Democracy, India in the New Millenium were his other works.
An obituary reference was made about him in both houses of parliament. Members of the two houses also observed two-minutes silence at the start of proceedings on Wednesday. (ANI)