He was admitted to hospital on Sunday and was believed to have been suffering from many age and cancer related ailments.
The most notable of his roles was when he was Principal Secretary to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. He was also the Presidential candidate in the year 2007. He showed his administrative prowess when he was made the Indian High Commissioner to Britain.
Dr. Padinjarethalakal Cherian Alexander was born in Kerala on Mar 20, 1921. He slowly rose to the top ranks in the corridors of power and represented Maharashtra in the Rajya Sabha as an independent candidate from 29 Jul 2002 to 2 Apr 2008. He also wrote an autobiography titled 'Through the Corridors of Power'.
Alexander was the Governor of Tamil Nadu from the period between 17 Feb 1988– 24 May 1990; Governor of Maharashtra from 12 Jan 1993– 13 July 2002 and Governor of Goa from 19 July 1996– 15 Jan 1998.
His close proximity to former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao made him part of the inner circle of the Gandhi family and led to him taking critical political decisions during his term.