India Minister Paswan dies at 74

India Minister Paswan dies at 74

NEW DELHI: Indian federal government minister Ram Vilas Paswan has died at the age of 74.

He was minister for consumer affairs, food and public distribution in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet and one of India’s prominent politicians.

The news of the minister’s death was shared on social media late Thursday by his 37-year-old politician son Chirag Paswan.

Paswan underwent heart surgery at a hospital in New Delhi a few days ago.

Hailing from the eastern state of Bihar, Paswan was involved in politics for more than five decades.

“He was among the most active and longest-serving members of parliament. He was the voice of the oppressed, and championed the cause of the marginalised,” Indian President Ram Nath Kovind said.