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JN Dixit is dead

Nationa Security Advisor JN Dixit died on Monday in New Delhi after a massive heart attack. Your say
PTI | By Press Trust of India, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2005 11:48 AM IST

National Security Advisor and former Foreign Secretary JN Dixit died on Monday after a massive heart attack.

Sixty-eight-year-old Dixit, who had served in all the South Asian countries except Maldives, was brought dead to the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences around 6.30 am, after he had suffered a massive heart attack at home, sources said.

He is survived by wife and two daughters.

Jyotindra Nath Dixit was appointed National Security Advisor in May last year, succeeding Brajesh Mishra. He enjoyed the rank of Minister of State.

He was the High Commissioner in Colombo in 1987 when India signed an accord with the LTTE and sent the Indian Peace Keeping Force to the Tamil area in the island nation at the height of ethnic crisis.

Nicknamed "viceroy" during his tenure in Colombo, he had a tremendous influence with the Government there during late Junius Richard Jayawardene and later Premadasa's time.

He was the first Indian High Commissioner to Afghanistan and had also served as High Commissioner in Islamabad, considered an important posting and a stepping-stone to becoming the Foreign Secretary.

Much after retirement, he had joined the Foreign Affairs cell of Congress party.

Dixit was India's first High Commissioner to Bangladesh soon after its creation in 1971.

Dixit was also a prolific author and columnist on international and regional affairs.

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