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Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh speaks...

india Updated: Aug 30, 2008 20:31 IST

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Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.

“I am deeply grieved to learn of the sad demise of Shri KK Birla, a leading industrialist and a well known public figure of our country. Shri Birla's contribution to the development of our country is immense. His was a multifaceted personality. He ranks among the greatest industrial leaders that India has produced. His efforts for the promotion of technical education and Hindi literature in the country received wide acclaim. He set up the KK Birla Foundation for the promotion of Hindi literature.

"Shri Birla was a member of the Rajya Sabha for eighteen consecutive years and was known for his active participation in the debates of the House. He provided exemplary leadership in making The Hindustan Times, a leading daily in the country. Everything he did was touched with compassion and understanding. Shri Birla's passing away is a great loss to our country.”

President Pratibha Devisingh Patil

"I am saddened to learn about the passing away of your father Dr KK Birla. In the passing away of Dr Birla, the nation has lost a well-known industrialist, a respected parliamentarian, philanthropist and scholar.”

Vice President M Hamid Ansari

“The late Birla’s significant contributions to different aspects of national life will long be remembered.”

AB Vajpayee, former prime minister

“With the death of KK Birla, a strong pillar of Indian industry has fallen. A dedicated, hard-working and sincere industrialist has left us. Dr. Birla’s contribution to the growth of India can never be forgotten. The religious and social institutions established by him stand testimony to his social commitment. People like Dr. Birla are rare. His death is a personal loss to me.”

L K Advani, Leader of Opposition

“Shri Birla was a multi-faceted personality. ……I had the privilege of knowing Shri Birla for many years. Over these years, I had developed great respect and fondness for him as a thorough gentleman.”

Najma Heptulla, former chairperson, Rajya Sabha

“Dr. KK Birla’s services to the nation as a pioneer in the field of Journalism and as Member of Parliament will be remembered forever. I have numerous memories of his valuable contribution in the Rajya Sabha during my tenure as the deputy chairperson.”

Defence Minister A.K Antony

"He made a great contribution to the development of society. He will be missed.”

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