Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday mourned the death of Bangladesh's longest serving finance minister Saifur Rahman calling him the "moving force" behind the modernisation of Bangladesh's economy.
"I have lost an old friend and the region, one of its most able leaders," the Indian PM said in a statement condoling the death of Rahman in a car crash.
Singh, an economist of international repute, said Rahman was one of Bangladesh's most distinguished politicians, who served the country with great distinction not only as an economic administrator, but also as a wise statesman.
A senior leader of main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) M Saifur Rahman was killed on Saturday in a road crash near central Brahmanbaria district on the Dhaka-Sylhet highway.
"He was the moving force behind the modernisation of Bangladesh's economy and many of the country's economic successes in the fields of industry, agriculture and finance owe their origin to the far-sighted and bold reforms carried out by him during the early 1990's," Singh said.
The Indian premier said that despite his towering achievements, Rahman remained a simple man at heart and was loved and respected by all those who came in contact with him.