What Will We Remember ND Tiwari For?


What Will We Remember ND Tiwari For?

Illustration: Arati Gujar


oday, the state of Uttarakhand began a three-day mourning period, during which all national flags of government institutes will be flown at half-mast in remembrance of ND Tiwari, one of the first Chief Ministers of the fledgling state. The veteran statesman, part of the political firmament since India’s independence, was 93 years old when he succumbed to a heart attack at Max Super Speciality Hospital in New Delhi. Since suffering a brain stroke in September last year, Tiwari’s health had been failing, and his 93rd birthday would also turn out to be his last day.

Despite not having actively participated in politics since stepping down as Andhra Pradesh governor in 2009, Tiwari’s passing elicited condolence messages from across the political spectrum, as his peers mourned his loss. His party, the Congress, called his death a “loss to Indian politics, which could not be filled.” PM Modi also took to Twitter to express sadness over the demise of a “towering leader”. Many other leaders also sang paeans to his memory, praising his many virtues and accomplishments, of which there were many to recount.