Arundhati Ghose, the lady who told the world "not now, not later", passes away

Former diplomat Arundhati Ghose, who earned the sobriquet 'Iron Lady' within the foreign service for her handling of India's CTBT negotiations, passed away in the early hours of Tuesday. She was 76.

Ghose was India's first permanent representative to the UN offices in Geneva and headed Indian negotiations on the nuclear Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty at a time when India was under intense pressure from Western powers to sign the treaty.

Arundhati Ghose passes away

Ghose famously told the conference in 1996, "I would like to declare on the floor of this august assembly that India will never sign this unequal treaty -- not now, not later".

Ghose was ambassador to South Korea and Egypt.

In 1971, during the Bangladesh war, she was also Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's chosen liaison with the Bangladeshi government in exile.

Here are some tweets condoling her death:

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