New Delhi: Brajesh Mishra, India’s first national security adviser (NSA), died in New Delhi late on Friday night following a heart ailment.
Mishra had been a pivotal figure in shaping foreign policy during the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government and had played the role of troubleshooter for then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. A career diplomat, he served as India’s permanent representative to the United Nations as well as ambassador to Indonesia, retiring as secretary in the ministry of external affairs.
He also played a key role in India’s diplomatic efforts to contain the adverse reaction from developed countries to India’s testing of a nuclear device in May 1998.
Mishra, who would have turned 84 on Saturday, was declared brought dead at Fortis Hospital in Vasant Kunj in south Delhi at around 9.50pm, sources in the hospital said. He had been suffering from a coronary artery problem for some time.
Mishra’s father, Dwarka Prasad Mishra, was a former Congress chief minister of Madhya Pradesh and had been considered close to Indira Gandhi. PTI