DELHI: Rustam-e-Hind Dara Singh, who passed away early
this morning, has been described by Vice President M
Hamid Ansari as an enduring role model to the youth
and sportsmen in the country.
The Vice-President, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and
Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni expressed
grief on the death of the veteran actor who had never
lost a fight during his career as a wrestler.
Ansari said Dara Singhs acting career was most
memorable for the intensity and diversity of characters
that he had portrayed. His role as a nominated Member
of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) is remembered by one and
Manmohan Singh said Dara Singh had been a noted film
actor, producer, and an internationally acclaimed
wrestler. He added: "A self educated son-of-the-soil,
he rose to the heights of the entertainment world,
sports arena and public life with humility and grace."
Soni said, "Dara Singh ji will always have a
special place in our hearts for his immense contribution
to the Indian film industry in various capacities
as an actor, director and producer. I also recall
his distinguished record as member of the Rajya Sabha."