Toni Morrison, the 1993 Nobel laureate in literature passed away. She was the 1st African American woman to win the Nobel in literature. Ms. Morrison was the author of several novels, children’s books and essays. Among them were celebrated works like Song of Solomon, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1977,and Beloved, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988.
Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj passed away. She was the 1st full time woman external affairs minister of India. She was also the youngest cabinet minister at 25 when she joined the Haryana government in 1977 and the first woman chief minister of Delhi.
Veteran Gujarati journalist, author and columnist Kanti Bhatt passed away. He also worked as writer and editor in various Gujarati publications like Chitralekha, Mumbai Samachar, Janshakti, Sandesh, Yuva Darshan, Jansatta, Vyapar and Abhiyan.
Cricket commentator Anant Setalvad, who used to draw pictures of the game’s progress on airwaves with his fine command of the English language, from the mid 1960s through to the 1980s, passed away . Anant was the commentator for All India Radio (AIR) in Ranji Trophy and other BCCI tournaments and also for Test matches.
Veteran actor Russi Taylor, who voiced Disney’s Minnie Mouse for more than 30 years, has passed away. The artiste also lent her voice to roles on other classic TV animated series like “TaleSpin”, “The Little Mermaid”, “Buzz Lightyear of Star Command” and “Kim Possible”. Taylor was named a Disney Legend in 2008.
Former cricketer Malcolm Nash passed away. He was Glamorgan’s legendary left-arm bowler who took 993 first-class wickets in a 17-year career between 1966 and 1983. He became famous after Garfield Sobers hit him for six sixes in an over.
Former RBI Deputy Governor and Noted economist Subir Vithal Gokarn passed away. He had the distinction of being the youngest RBI Governor at the time. Gokarn was also Chief Economist of Standard & Poor’s Asia-Pacific and Chief Economist of CRISIL. He was appointed as Executive Director on the board of the IMF in 2015.
Former Andhra Pradesh congress state Minister M. Mukesh Goud passed away. The Congress leader was suffering from cancer. He served as BC Welfare and Marketing Minister in Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy and Kiran Kumar Reddy Cabinets.
Malayalam director Babu Narayanan passes away. He directed several Malayalam hits such as ‘Kudumba Vishesham’ and ‘Welcome to Kodaikanal’. Babu Narayanan was also part of the Anil-Babu duo that made several box office hits like Sthreedhanam, Pattabhishekam.