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Former Mumbai Sherrif Chandrakant Bakshi dead

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Ahmedabad, Mar 25 (UNI) Noted Gujarati litterateur, columnist and historian Chandrakant Bakshi died at his residence here today after a massive heart attack. He was 74.

He is survived by his daughter Reeva. His wife Bakula had died four years ago. According to his family members, it was his third heart attack.

Born on August 20, 1932 at Palanpur (Gujarat), he did his M A in History and LL B. He tried his hand in textile trade in Kolkata in 1969-70 before shifting to Mumbai where he taught history at Raheja College.

He took active interest in Bombay University affairs as a senate member. He was also the Sheriff of Mumbai in the 1990s.

A prolific writer, he has written 178 books, including 17 books on history and culture, 26 novels, 15 collections of short stories, six books on politics, eight travelogues, two plays and 25 books on varied subjects, besides his autobiography 'Bakshinama'.

He also wrote extensively in newspapers and 15 of his books have been translated into Hindi, Marathi, English and other languages.

Mr Bakshi refused to accept any prize.

His death has been widely mourned by his fans, cutting across all political lines, including Chief Minister Narendra Modi, leader of the Opposition in State Assembly Arjun Modhvadia and Vishwa Hindu Parishad international general secretary Pravin Togadia.

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