Bitter Sunday that began on a joyous note
New Delhi, July 8 (UNI) It was a Sunday that overjoyed the nation in the wee hours but brought grief later in the day.
Celebrations broke out across the nation as soon as Taj Mahal, the monument of love, was declared as one of the modern day seven wonders of the world.
It was a pleasant surprise for many people who woke up in the morning to hear the news about the nomination of the Taj.
The seven winners were announced at a glitzy show at the Benfica stadium in Lisbon late last night.
The traditional ''seven wonders of the world'' all existed more than 2,000 years ago and were all in the Mediterranean region. Only one remains standing today - the Pyramids of Giza.
However, soon it all turned into sorrow as the former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar died at 0830 hrs at the Apollo Hospital where the octogenarian politician -- a part of the "Young Turk Brigade" within the Congress who opposed the policies of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in the 1970s, was undergoing treatment for cancer for the past three months.
Doctors at the hospital said Chandra Shekhar, 80, was suffering from multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells.
The body of the departed leader was brought to his official South Avenue residence, with Railway Minister Lalu Prasad and Minister of State for Food Processing Subodh Kant -- the latter a member of the short-lived Chandra Shekhar cabinet -- among the first ones to arrive.
Chandra Shekhar was regarded as Guruji by many of the top leaders of the current generation including Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, RJD chief Lalu Prasad and Janata Dal (United) President Sharad Yadav.