The year 2018 witnessed the demise of several renowned personalities in the world of politics, entertainment, science and literature. These were the people who would be remembered for their excellent work. Even if he is not in this world today, but he will always be alive in the hearts of people.
Before the year ends, we take a look at the bollywood, politics, literature and other prominent people who left this world in 2018.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee- August 16, 2018
Vajpayee, one of India’s most appealing leaders, died at AIIMS hospital in Delhi after a long illness. He was 93, known as one of India’s most revolutionary politician. He was an orator par excellence and a parliamentarian of exceptional caliber and famous for the Pokhran nuclear tests conducted by India in 1998. Vajpayee started his political journey from Jan Sangh. Vajpayee was Prime Minister three times- for 13 days in 1996, 13 months from 1998 to 1999 and then from 1999 to 2004.
M Karunanidhi – August 7, 2018
Renowned politician and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M Karunanidhi died died at 94 on August 7, 2018, in Chennai Kauvery Hospital, owing to multiple organ failure. He had served as CM of the southern state for almost two decades over five terms between 1969 and 2011. He was a long-standing leader of the Dravidian movement and 10-time president of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam political party.
Sridevi Kapoor – February 24
Sridevi was the undisputed queen of the mid and late 1980s in Bollywood, ‘Queen of Hearts’ passed away while attending her nephew’s wedding in UAE. Her death came as an utter shock for the entire nation. The 54-year old actor’s demise has left a void in the Hindi film industry. She was the star of films like Lamhe, Nagina, Mr India, Chaal Baaz, Chandni, English Vinglish and MOM.
Mohammad Aziz- November 27
My Name is Lakhan fame singer Mohammad Aziz breathed his last on November 27, 2018. He was 64. The veteran Bollywood singer died of cardiac arrest at Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital. He had lent his voice to over 2000 sings in Hindi, Bengali and Odia. Some of them are: My name is Lakhan from the 1989 film Ram Lakhan, Mitwa Bhool Na Jana, Lal Dupatta Mal Mal Ka, Ae Mere Dost Laut Ke Aaja, Chand Gagan se Phool Chaman se and many more. His songs dominated the 80s and early 90s and are still popular. Aziz has sung duet with Lata Mangeshwar, Asha Bhonsle, Kavita Krishnamurthy and other popular artists.
KuldeepNayar- 23 August
Veteran journalist and author Kuldeep Nayar breathed his last at the Escorts Hospital on August 23. He was 95. Nayar, who served as High Commissioner to the UK in 1990 and was also nominated to the Rajya Sabha. He was also a human rights activist. A syndicated columnist, written several books and is known for works like India after Nehru, Emergency Retold, Without Fear: The Life and Trial of Bhagat Singh and his autobiography Beyond the Lines. The veteran journalist who began his career as an Urdu reporter also served as the editor of the Delhi edition of The Statesman and was the Editor of The Indian Express.
Gopaldas Neeraj- July 19
Well known Hindi poet-lyricist Gopaldas Neeraj breathed his last on July 19 due to an infection in his lungs. He was 93. Gopaldas was admitted to a hospital in Agra then moved to AIIMS, Delhi but there was no improvement in his condition. Neeraj was awarded the Padma Shri in 1991 and Padma Bhushan in 2007 for his contribution to art.
MushirulHasan- December 09
Padma Shri Professor Mushirul Hasan, a renowned historian who served as vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, died on December 9. Mushirul Hasan’s health started deteriorating after a road accident in 2014. MushirulHasan came into limelight with his book on the partition of India, and histories of Islam in south-Asia. He served as the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Jamia from 1992 to 1996 and later in the capacity of VC from 2004-09.