The year 2020 seems to be getting progressively bad. The deadly COVID-19 Corona Virus Pandemic has already claimed thousands of lives including that of prominent political leaders, celebrities and sportspersons. Today has brought with it news of another loss. Senior political leader from the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and former Union Minister - Jaswant Singh, has passed away at the age of 82. He has been hospitalised in June and is said to have passed away today at 6:55 am, after suffering a cardiac arrest, at Delhi's Army Hospital (Research & Referral). He was one of the longest serving parliamentarians in the country and was serving in the Indian Army before choosing to pursue politics.

A statement from the hospital read, "It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of Honourable Major Jaswant Singh (Retired), former Cabinet Minister of government of India at 0655 hours on 27 September 2020. He was admitted on 25 June 2020 and being treated for Sepsis with Multiorgan Dysfunction Syndrome and effects of Severe Head Injury old (Optd) had a caridac arrest this morning. Despite the best efforts of the attending team of specialists to resuscitate, he could not be revived and passed away at 0655 hours on 27 Sep 2020. His COVID status is negative." Jaswant Singh was a very close aide of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Jaswant Singh had earlier served as India's Foreign Minister, Defence Minister as well as Finance Minister. He had suffered a fall in 2014, following which he had been in and out of hospitals regularly. Many top leaders across the country have been posting their condolence messages on social media, including our PM Narendra Modi. In a tweet, Modi said, "Jaswant Singh Ji will be remembered for his unique perspective on matters of politics and society. He also contributed to the strengthening of the BJP. I will always remember our interactions. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti." In a following tweet, he had also posted, "Spoke to Shri Manvendra Singh and expressed condolences on the unfortunate demise of Shri Jaswant Singh Ji. True to his nature, Jaswant Ji fought his illness with immense courage for the last six years." We pray for his soul to rest in peace and express our heartfelt condolences to his family.