March 1

Popular Gujarati Writer Tarak Mehta Passes Away at 87.
Writer, columnist, playwright and humorist Tarak Mehta died in Ahmedabad. Mehta was 87.
Mehta was a popular name in Gujarati literary and theatre circles. He translated and adapted several comedies into Gujarati, and many of his writings have inspired plays. In 2015, Mehta received the Padma Shri award for his works.

March 3

French football legend Raymond Kopa passes away.
French football legend Raymond Kopa, who won the European Cup three times with Real Madrid in the 1950s, died aged 85.
Kopa rose from a poor mining family in northern France to become one of Europe's greatest players ever in a Real team alongside Alfredo di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas. He was a central part of the French side beaten by Pele's Brazil in a classic World Cup semi-final in 1958.
Winner of the Ballon d'Or in 1958, the attacking midfielder, whose real name was Kopaszewski.

March 4

Former IFS and MP Syed Shahabuddin dies.
Former IFS and MP Syed Shahabuddin dies at the age of 82. During his time, Shahabuddin had strongly opposed the demolition of the Babri Masjid and was the leader of the Babri Action Committee.
Born in 1935, in Ranchi, Jharkhand, Shahabuddin began working as a diplomat for the Indian Foreign Service (IFS), but later became a politician. He served three terms from 1979-1996 as a MP. He is well known for his involvement in the Shah Bano case and his opposition to the demolition of the Babri Masjid.

March 6

Rabi Ray, former Lok Sabha Speaker, passes away.
Eminent socialist leader, former Union Minister and former Speaker of Lok Sabha Rabi Ray passed away. He was 91.
Born on November 26, 1926 in Puri district, Rabi Ray obtained his B.A. degree from Ravenshaw College and LLB degree from the M.S. Law College in Cuttack city. His political career began from here when he became President of Students' Union of both these famous institutions in late 1940s.

March 8

Veteran journalist Arvind Padmanabhan dies.
Veteran journalist Arvind Padmanabhan, an Executive Editor at IANS, died in New Delhi.
His father was the late G. Padmanabhan, who worked for many years with the Press Institute of India and the Indian & Eastern Newspapers Society (IENS, now INS).

M. Chandrakasu ex Puducherry Minister passes away at age 65.
Former Agriculture Minister of Puducherry M. Chandrakasu died in Chennai.
Chandrakasu (67) is now the opposition AINRC legislator in Puducherry Assembly.
Chandrakasu was first elected as Congress legislator from Neduncadu reserved constituency in Karaikal in 1980. He retained the seat in the 1985 polls and became Speaker of the Assembly.