NEW DELHI: India’s government has declared a day of national mourning on Sunday (Mar 29) as a mark of respect for Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.
According to a statement on India’s Ministry of Home Affairs website, the national flag of India will be flown at half-mast throughout the country, and there will be no official entertainment.
The state funeral of Mr Lee will be held in Singapore on Sunday, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be among the many world leader, past and present, in attendance.
Prime Minister Modi earlier paid tribute to Mr Lee as “a lion among leaders”. Some small villages in Tamil Nadu have also put up banners, mourning his passing.
“The biggest democracy in the world could give their respect to Lee Kuan Yew,” said Tony Chng, 45, a factory safety officer.
“And yet we have ingrates in Singapore like Goh Meng Seng, Tan Kin Lian and Kenneth Jeyaretnam who couldn’t even have the humility in them to at least offer a silent prayer to another human being.”