Patrick French, an honourable author, dies; Rahul Gandhi and Shashi Tharoor lament his passing


Indian National Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, and his party colleague Shashi Tharoor, expressed their condolences on the passing of award-winning author Patrick French.

French, who was the author of books, such as ‘The World Is What It Is’ and ‘India: A Portrait’, died at his home in London, UK on April 16.

Gandhi took to Twitter and wrote, “RIP Patrick French. A brilliant author, historian and thinker, his works on India will remain a valuable source of knowledge. My condolences to his family and friends.”

Tharoor shared a picture of French on Twitter and wrote, “Sad news. Patrick French was a fine writer, with a deep understanding of India. He will be missed. My condolences to his family & friends.”

French was born in London and educated at Oxford University. He received the Somerset Maugham Award in 1998 for his first book, ‘The World Is What It Is’, and his last book, ‘India: A Portrait’, was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award.