Ramaswamy Venkataraman, one of the fathers of India and a true patriot, opposing the British rule and going to jail for it, passed away on Tuesday, at the age of He was India's eighth president and helped draft the country's Constitution.
Venkataraman served as president from 1987 to 1992 and before that was also the country's vice president. He was a member of the Constituent Assembly that wrote India's constitution, which was adopted in 1950. He was also a member of the country's first Parliament.
The government will observe a seven- day mourning period for Venkataraman and the Indian flag will fly at half mast.