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Ram Khandekar, who worked as an OSD (Officer on Special Duty) to former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao, died after a prolonged illness at his hometown Nagpur late on June 8th night. He was 87.
Earlier, he had worked as personal secretary to former Maharashtra Chief Minister and former Defence Minister Yeshwantrao Chavan. Khandekar was invited by Narasimha Rao in 1985 to manage his then constituency of Ramtek.
In 1991, when Rao became the Prime Minister, Khandekar, as his OSD, was considered his closest confidant. Khandekar worked with Rao till the latter's death.
Khandekar often wrote for scores of Marathi newspapers and penned at least 60-70 articles for different ‘Diwali Anks’ based on his service period and interactions with the political leadership.
In 2018, he wrote a weekly column for Loksatta based on his vast experience of over five decades of public life in the shadow of power.
The same was published as a book called 'सत्तेच्या पडछायेत' by Rajhans Publication in 2019. He was a resident of Saaras Apartment at Laxmi Nagar. His last rights would be performed at Ambazari Ghat at 9 am.
He leaves behind his son Mukul, daughter in law Sangeeta and two grandchildren, Gaurang and Janhavi, besides a host of relatives.