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In pictures: Those who departed in 2015

  • R K Laxman, Vinod Mehta, Sarla Birla, A P J Abdul Kalam

    R K Laxman started off as a part-time cartoonist for publications such as Blitz and Swarajya. He would later illustrate for elder brother R K Narayan's stories in The Hindu, besides drawing cartoons for local newspapers and magazines. He took up his first full-time job in The Free Press Journal in Mumbai, where Bal Thackeray was a fellow cartoonist. But it was at The Times of India that he attained fame for his famous common man, in the daily cartoon strip, You Said It. His career in the newspaper spanned about 50 years. Laxman also created Asian Paints' popular mascot, Gattu in 1954, and drew for the televised programme Malgudi Days, which was based on the works of his elder brother R K Narayan. He also wrote a few novels as well, such as The Hotel Riviera. Laxman was the recepient of several honours, including India's second-highest civilian award, Padma Vibhushan, and the Ramon Magsaysay Award.

  • R K Laxman, Vinod Mehta, Sarla Birla, A P J Abdul Kalam

    The founder and editor-in-chief of Outlook from 1995 to 2012, Vinod Mehta, who died on 8 March 2015, had earlier been editor of publications such as The Pioneer, The Sunday Observer, The Independent and The Indian Post. He was also the author of several books, including biographies of film star Meena Kumar and Congress leader Sanjay Gandhi. As a television panelist, Mehta was often seen on shows such as Newshour on Times Now and India at 9 at CNN-IBN. He was called upon by news anchors as a senior journalist and was sought after for his analysis of major issues and scenarios.

  • R K Laxman, Vinod Mehta, Sarla Birla, A P J Abdul Kalam

    Basant Kumar Birla's wife, who died on 28 March 2015 at age 91, married into the Birla family more than 70 years back. Sarla Birla’s engagement with Basant in 1941 was solemnised by freedom fighter Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and wife Kasturba, in the presence of statesmen C Rajagopalachari, Rajendra Prasad, Sardar Vallavbhai Patel, and Jamnalal Bajaj. Those in the know would say that Basant valued her opinions immensely, and it was only after the marriage in 1942, that Basant aggressively expanded the family business, primarily, Century Textiles and Century Enka. Sarla, who was the grandmother of ìndustrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla, had a keen interest in arts and her collection of Indian art was displayed at the Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata. One of Sarla’s favourite quotes was "you get in life what you give." Perhaps that's what led her and Basant to set up 45 educational institutes.

  • R K Laxman, Vinod Mehta, Sarla Birla, A P J Abdul Kalam

    One of India's most renowned architects, town planners and activists, Charles Correa spearheaded the creation of modern architecture in post-Independence India. Celebrated for being sensitive to the needs of the urban poor and for his use of traditional methods and materials, Correa, who died in 16 June 2015, received the Padma Vibhushan in 2006 from the Government of India. He was also conferred the 1984 Royal Gold Medal for architecture, by the Royal Institute of British Architects. His famous works include the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial at Ahmedabad's Sabarmati Ashram, the Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur, the LIC building in Commaught Place, New Delhi, the new Ismaili Centre in Toronto in Canada, among others. He was also the chief architect of the Navi Mumbai township.

  • R K Laxman, Vinod Mehta, Sarla Birla, A P J Abdul Kalam

    The most famous face of the Missionaries of Charity, after Mother Teresa, Sister Nirmala was born a Brahmin Hindu in Nepal, but converted to Catholicism and joined the Missionaries after learning about the Mother's work. She became one of the first Sisters of the institute to head a foreign mission in Panama. In 1976, Sister Nirmala started the contemplative branch of the Missionaries and was its head until 1997, when she was elected to succeed Mother Teresa as Superior General of the institute. A recipient of the Padma Vibhushan, she was succeeded by German born Sister Mary Prema Pierick, when her term as Superior General ended on 25 March, 2009. Sister Nirmala passed away on June 23 2015, after a heart attack.

  • R K Laxman, Vinod Mehta, Sarla Birla, A P J Abdul Kalam

    One of India's most-loved statesman, the 11th President of India, was a scientist-turned-political figure who had achieved acclaim at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) before entering politics. Kalam was deeply involved in India's civilian space program and military missile development initiatives, and also acquired the moniker of the Missile Man of India for his role in the development of ballistic missile technology. He also played key roles in India's Pokhran-II nuclear tests in 1998. Kalam, who became the 11th President of India in 2002, came to be popularly known as the "People's President." A recipient of several national and international honours, including the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, he continued to pursue a life of education, writing and public service after serving his term as India's President.

  • R K Laxman, Vinod Mehta, Sarla Birla, A P J Abdul Kalam

    Om Prakash Munjal was the founder and former chairman of Hero Cycles, the world’s largest integrated bicycle manufacturing company by volume and Hero Motors, an Indian two-wheeler components manufacturer. He also ventured into the business of luxury hotels and started the manufacture of four-wheeler components. A noted philanthropist who ran a number of educational institutes and hospitals, he died on August 13, 2015 at the age of 86.

  • R K Laxman, Vinod Mehta, Sarla Birla, A P J Abdul Kalam

    Did you know that one of India's most famous cricket administrators, Jagmohan Dalmiya, played a key role in getting South Africa back into the international cricket circuit in 1991? And that it was the former President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, who had also served as President of the International Cricket Council, who brought the 1987 World Cup tournament to the Indian subcontinent, despite stiff opposition from England? Dalmiya, who died on 17 September 2015 after a massive cardiac arrest, is also seen as the man responsible for commercialising cricket and making the BCCI the world's richest cricketing body.

  • R K Laxman, Vinod Mehta, Sarla Birla, A P J Abdul Kalam

    Born blind at birth, Ravindra Jain was a noted music composer and lyricist, who composed for several hit songs for movies such as Saudagar (1970), Chor Machaye Shor (1974), Geet Gaata Chal (1975), Chitchor (1976), Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaaye (1977), among others. Renowned for his compositions for mythological movies, one of Jain's most notable works was the score for the television serial Ramayana, Outside the world of films and television, Jain also composed for singer Suresh Wadkar and Parveen Sultana, besides scoring music for then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's live recording of Qadam Milakar Chalna Hoga: Svarna Jayanti Sangeet Sandhya

  • R K Laxman, Vinod Mehta, Sarla Birla, A P J Abdul Kalam

    The founder-chairman of Hero Motocorp (Hero group of companies), Brijmohan Lall Munjal, who died on 1 November 2015, at age 92, was among India's 30 richest people. It was under his leadership, that Hero Cycles became the largest bicycle manufacturer in India in 1975, and entered the Guinness Book of Records as the largest manufacturers of bicycles in the world in 1986. In fact, the Hero Group became a mammoth organisation, which, by 2002 had sold 8.6 million bicycles, and was producing 16,000 motorcycles a day.

  • R K Laxman, Vinod Mehta, Sarla Birla, A P J Abdul Kalam

    The Indian-born British actor's versatility and fluency in multiple languages saw him straddle radio, stage, television and film in a career that spanned over six decades and more than a hundred and fifty British, American and Indian movies. Noted for his work in The Man Who Would Be King (1975), My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) and television series Tandoori Nights (1985–1987), Jaffery also acted in several Merchant-Ivory films before entering Bollywood with Satyajit Ray's Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977), He won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award in 1978 for his performance in that movie. His cameo role as the paanwala Lallan Miyan in Chashme Buddoor (1981) won him popularity with Indian audiences. He became a household name in India with his roles in Raj Kapoor's Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985) and Henna (1991), both of which won him nominations for the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award.

  • R K Laxman, Vinod Mehta, Sarla Birla, A P J Abdul Kalam

    The engineer-turned-Hindutva warrior played an adequate foil as VHP chief, in the Ram Janmabhoomi movement when the BJP led the political campaign in the late eighties and later. The 89-year-old right-wing firebrand dedicated his life for the Hindutva cause, adopting an aggressive style and playing a key role in mobilising support for the Ram Janambhoomi as well as the Ram Setu movements. Singhal was instrumental in the "kar sewak" campaign that led to the bringing down of the 16th century Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992. He died on 17 November 2015 at the age of 89, after a ptrolonged illness.

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