Former Indian prime minister Inder Kumar Gujral dies at 92; headed an 11-month coalition govt

Former Indian prime minister Inder Kumar Gujral, who gave a new impetus to improving India's relations with its neighbors, has died after a year-long illness. He was 92.

Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said Gujral died in a hospital near New Delhi on Friday. He was admitted there 10 days ago with a lung infection.

Gujral became India's 12th prime minister when he headed a shaky coalition government in 1997.

Although his term lasted only 11 months, Gujral made a mark in India's foreign relations by promoting friendly ties with its neighbors, including archrival Pakistan.

Popularly referred to as the "Gujral Doctrine," the policy was one of generosity in trade and other bilateral relations without expecting reciprocity from India's smaller neighbors.