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Mishra, 1st India national security advisor, dies at 83

NEW DELHI -- India's first national security advisor Brajesh Mishra, who played an instrumental role in shaping the South Asian giant's foreign policy, has died, officials said on Saturday.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh paid tribute to Mishra, calling him “one of the most able and influential public servants of his generation” who brought “a sense of India's destiny and place in global affairs.”

The death of Mishra came a day before his 84th birthday.

Officials gave no cause of death but Indian media reports said Mishra had been suffering from a heart ailment.

Mishra was closely involved in the planning for India's 1998 nuclear tests that effectively made India a nuclear-weapons power, pushed for stronger relations with the United States and sought warmer ties with rival Pakistan and China.

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