In his political career spanning about four decades, he held many important positions, including union minister of state for external affairs. In that role, he contributed immensely to improving India’s relations with Gulf countries, especially Saudi Arabia.
He spent considerable time in those countries, where he was held in high esteem and known as the unofficial envoy of India. He established strong personal relations with Gulf rulers and Indian expatriate communities in the region. He leaves behind a legacy that our present and future generations of politicians must emulate and nurture. He will be greatly missed.