Today is former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao’s Birth Centenary (birth: 28 June 1921).
I recall, once Rao came to attend a function at the stadium at the imposing Lal Parade ground in Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh. When he was about to leave, the journalists present sought a brief question answer session with him. Something that was not on his agenda. But since we were determined, the PM allowed just one question that was shot by me (I was then with The Hindu). On being asked what he had to say on the charge that he doesn’t take decisions, Rao was quick to respond. He replied: “there’s always a decision involved in not taking a decision”. With these words, he made a U-turn, got into his car and sped away but not before I had got my news of the day. It was breaking news with a definite punchline.
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P V Narasimha Rao, as Prime Minister , had unshackled the Indian economy. Narasimha Rao was one of the ‘old guards’ of the Congress party, close to the Gandhi family. He was unique in being a Congress leader who was comfortable with computers at a time when the socialist minded Indian leaders considered computers to be an evil that will drain away the labour of India. Once Rao became prime minister he began a long and arduous process of freeing the Indian economy from its socialist shackles and the Congress party from its self-imposed shackles that connected it to the Nehru-Gandhi family. Rao was successful in the first. His failure to liberate the Congress cost him a place in history. He had to face the ignominy of being ignored by his own party at his death. In the years that followed, the Congress tried to wipe out his very memories.
– Indian History, facebook
A callous example of an illustrious leader of the country, whose memory & legacy was downplayed & erased by sycophant Nehru family loyalists.
-A comment on social media
Narasimha Rao was a man of learning, a lawyer, a sanskrit scholar, a poet, and a polyglot who spoke 17 languages. Just like Sonia and Rahul. He was denied a resting place in the capital, but we have an RGF in memory of another man of great learning, taking handouts from our enemies.
-Ram Ramkumar, (comment on social media)
He was also the one who in the mid-1980s (Shah Bano case) tried to persuade young minister Arif Mohammad Khan against resigning in protest against Rajiv Gandhi’s surrender before the Deobandi Mollahs… Explaining that Congress was a political party that needed the Muslim vote, not a Muslim social reform movement.
-Akshay Bakaya, on facebook