August 10th, 2011
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P C Alexander passes away

 PC alexandarChennai: Former  Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu Governor, Indian politician and civil servant P C Alexander passed away at Chennai Medical Mission Hospital, today at 8. 30 am. 91 year old Alexander who was suffering from cancer and was admitted at the hospital on Sunday as his condition became severe.

As the  Principal Secretary to Indira Gandhi and later to Rajiv Gandhi during the years 1981-1985, he played a very crucial role in the momentous developments of that period.

He was considered as a candidate for the post of the President of India during the NDA government of 2007. The role played by Rajiv Gandhi in aiding Union Carbide Company owner Anderson to flee the country which was disclosed by Alexander had been in news recently.

P C Alexander is said to have played significant role in introducing the Prime Minister Manmohan Sing into politics.  Manmohan Singh was appointed as Finance Minister during the Narasinha Rao government as per the suggestions of P C Alexander who visited his house and requested him to take the post.

Born to Jacob Cherian and Mariamma Cherian at Mavelikara, Alapuzha in 1921young  Alexander took his post-graduate degree in History arid Economics from the Travancore University and M.Litt and D.Litt. degrees by research from the Annamalai University before joining the Indian Administrative Service (lAS 1948).

He trained at the Board of Trade U.K. under  Nuffield Foundation Fellowship and did research at the Stanford Research Institute, California, U.S.A. under  Ford Foundation Fellowship.

It was in 1963 -66 while serving as Assistant Secretary General and Executive Director of the Trade Center,  that Shrimati Indira Gandhi invited him to join her office as Principal Secretary. In 1977- 81 he worked at United Nations, Geneva  as executive director and as the Indian High Commissioner to the  Court of  James after which he served as the Maharashtra Governor for a period of 12 years.

The edge in Malabar(1946), Buddhism in Kerala(1949), Industrial Estate in India( 1962) , My Years with Indira Gandhi (1991), The Perils of Democracy (1995), India in the New Millennium(2001) are the books he authored. His autobiography Through the Corridors of Power is a well known book which was translated into Malayalam. He has led several delegations to Africa, Europe and Asia and as a part of his work he had to stay in several places including New York, Geneva, Tehran and London.

Dr. P.C. Alexander is one of the most distinguished and respected public servants of the post-Independence era, distinguished and respected because of the high standards of efficiency, impartiality and integrity he had maintained throughout his career. An outstanding statesman and administrator, he has the distinction of having held several high positions in public life both at the national and international levels spanning a period of over half a century and was awarded the prestigious Kancha Paramacharya Award for National Eminence in Public Administration in recognition of his contributions and services.








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