Historian Babasaheb Purandare Dies At 99, PM Modi “Pained Beyond Words”
Mumbai: Noted historian-writer and Padma Vibhushan Babasaheb Purandare died on Monday. He was 99.
He had been on ventilator support at a private hospital in Pune after being admitted a couple of days ago because of age-related ailments.
He died around 5 am. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced a state funeral for Babasaheb.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and many others mourned his death.
Born Balwant Moreshwar Purandare, Babasaheb authored many books on Chhatrapati Shivaji and dedicated his life to history and research.
He was honoured with Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award, in 2019 and the Maharashtra Bhushan award in 2015.