Rajiv Gandhi

V.P. Singh Ex-prime minister of India V.P. Singh, 77, whose brief tenure as prime minister of India was remembered for his controversial policy of reserving a larger share of jobs for the country's disadvantaged castes, died Thursday of cancer and chronic renal failure at a hospital in New Delhi. He served as finance and defense minister in the cabinet of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi but led a coalition that defeated him in the 1989 elections. Singh served less than a year as India's 10th prime minister, leaving office in December 1990. His policy of reserving government jobs for India's disadvantaged castes led to widespread protests by the country's upper classes. The...