“Pained beyond words”, PM condoles demise of historian Babasaheb Purandare


New Delhi, November 15: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday expressed deep sorrow on the demise of writer, historian and theatre personality, Shivshahir Babasaheb Purandare.

He recalled Purandare’s contribution in connecting coming generations to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Modi also posted his speech when the PM had addressed his centenary year programme a few months ago.

In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister said, “I am pained beyond words. The demise of Shivshahir Babasaheb Purandare leaves a major void in the world of history and culture. It is thanks to him that the coming generations will get further connected to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. His other works will also be remembered.”

“Shivshahir Babasaheb Purandare was witty, wise and had rich knowledge of Indian history. I had the honour of interacting with him very closely over the years. A few months back, had addressed his centenary year programme,” wrote Modi.

“Shivshahir Babasaheb Purandare will live on due to his extensive works. In this sad hour, my thoughts are with his family and countless admirers. Om Shanti,” wrote the PM.

The Padma Vibhushan Babasaheb Purandare died on Monday. He was 99. He had been on ventilator support at a private hospital in Pune after being admitted a couple of days ago because of age-related ailments. He died around 5 AM.

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