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Former MoS for External Affairs Kamala Sinha passes away

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Former Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs Kamala Sinha passed away in the US, her family said here.

She was 82.

Sinha, who was a member of former Prime Minister I K Gujral's cabinet, died at Syracuse in New York, She is survived by three daughters and four grandsons.

"She was suffering from age-related problems and passed away peacefully in her sleep at the home of her eldest daughter, who is a doctor in Syracuse, New York. She will be cremated there on Saturday and her last remains will be brought to after that," said Gayatri Sharma, another daughter of Sinha and a former journalist.

Sinha was twice elected a member of the from 1972 to 1984, and also served as the Indian Ambassador to Suriname and Barbados.

Born in Dhaka (now in Bangladesh) on September 30, 1932, Sinha, a grandniece of Jan Sangh founder Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, received education at Calcutta and Universities.

She got married to freedom fighter and minister Late Basawan Singh, a native of Vaishali district.

Sinha was initiated into politics by her husband. She was several times elected the national president of Hind Mazdoor Sabha of the socialists and was imprisoned under Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) during the socialist movement of 1974 led by Jaya Prakash Narayan.

First Published: Thu, January 01 2015. 20:05 IST