K.P.S. Gill, as security advisor to Gujarat. The ‘supercop’, who courted both fame and infamy as Punjab DGP during Khalistan militancy, is known for his ‘ends-justify-means’ philosophy.
V.K. Nambiar, as India’s permanent representative to the UN on April 30. The diplomat’s toughest stint was as high commissioner to Pakistan in the heat of the Agra summit. The sensitive Islamabad posting still lies vacant after his dramatic recall.
G.K. Chadha, as the V-C of Jawaharlal Nehru University. The low-profile agri-economist comes as a surprise successor to Asis Dutta after much suspense and controversy.
Abdul Rauf Daud Merchant, for shooting T-Series magnate Gulshan Kumar outside a temple in Versova in ’97, by a Mumbai court. The conspiracy is unsolved—17 others, including rival cassette king Ramesh Taurani of Tips, were acquitted.
Alexander Lebed, former Russian general and presidential candidate, in an aircrash, at 52. The Pinochet admirer led the Chechen truce.
Norwegian Thor Heyerdahl, 87. He sailed the Pacific on the Kon-Tiki balsa raft to prove that primitive man was a sea-farer.