One of India’s biggest political names, former Jammu and Kashmir governor, Jagmohan passed away on Monday. He was 93.
A message from his family was posted on his Twitter account saying, “With profound grief, we inform about the sad demise of Sh Jagmohan. Former Union Minister , Former Governor Jammu & Kashmir.”
Tributes poured in from all over the country, including from prime minister Narendra Modi who said: “Jagmohan ji’s demise is a monumental loss for our nation. He was an exemplary administrator and a renowned scholar. He always worked towards the betterment of India. His ministerial tenure was marked by innovative policymaking. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti.”
Jagmohan had just assumed governorship of Jammu and Kashmir when the Kashmiri Pandits suffered ethnic cleansing at the hands of Islamic fundamentalists and were forced to flee the Valley. His timely intervention saved lives of lakhs of Kashmiri Pandits. For this he was called “Saviour of Kashmiri Pandits.”
He also later served as Union Minister for Urban Development and Tourism under Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government.