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Close aide to Indira Gandhi, Congress veteran R K Dhawan passes away

Veteran Congress leader Rajinder Kumar Dhawan who was a close aide of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi breathed his last at B L Kapur hospital on Monday.

Close aide to Indira Gandhi, Congress veteran RK Dhawan passes away

Veteran Congress leader Rajinder Kumar Dhawan who was a close aide of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi breathed his last at B L Kapur hospital on Monday. The congress tweeted condolences saying, “We’re saddened to hear about the passing away of RK Dhawan, a valued member of the Congress party. Our thought and prayers are with his family tonight.” Express Photo by Renuka Puri

Close aide to Indira Gandhi, Congress veteran RK Dhawan passes away

Dhawan started out as Gandhi’s personal assistant and was with her from 1962-1984. He is said to have enjoyed unparalleled power and influence in her government. Express Photo by Naveen Jora

Close aide to Indira Gandhi, Congress veteran RK Dhawan passes away

" RK Dhawan, Rahul Gandhi and others during the Subjects Committee Meeting of the 83rd Plenary Session of the Indian National Congress at Parliament Annexe in New Delhi" Source: Express Photo

Close aide to Indira Gandhi, Congress veteran RK Dhawan passes away

In Picture, Suresh Kalmadi, RK Dhawan and Rajesh Khanna in the escalators after the inauguration at ND Railway Station in 1995. Source: Express photo

Close aide to Indira Gandhi, Congress veteran RK Dhawan passes away

Ending his decades of bachelorhood, on July 16, 2012, Dhawan married Achla at an age of 74.

Close aide to Indira Gandhi, Congress veteran RK Dhawan passes away

The power that Dhawan wielded is, perhaps, best documented in the book “With Great Truth & Regard: A Story of the Typewriter in India” written by senior journalist Rama Lakshmi.

Close aide to Indira Gandhi, Congress veteran RK Dhawan passes away

Dhawan was witness to the generational shift in the Congress. After the assassination of Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi appointed a sitting Supreme Court judge, Justice MP Thakkar, to probe the incident. Within just two months after assuming office as prime minister, Rajiv Gandhi had shunted Dhawan out as speculations about his role in Gandhi’s assassination were growing by the day. In Picture, Sonia Gandhi, Hamid Ansari with RK Dhawan and his wife Achla during at Home on the occasion of Independence Day at Rashtrapati Bhavan in 2012. Source: Express Photo

Close aide to Indira Gandhi, Congress veteran RK Dhawan passes away

RK Dhawan seen with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Sngh, Girija Vyas after CWC meeting in 2013. Source: Express Photo by Anil Sharma