Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Let Us Give P V Narasimha Rao his Share of Credit

The 83th plenary session on Indian National Congress was held at Burari from December 18th to 20th. Everyone attending the plenary session was all praise for Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh for leading the country for the last six years and as the person who changed the face of India by bringing economic liberalization. They all hail the contribution of Dr Manmohan Singh as Finance Minister from 1991-96.
I am very sad to see that whoever is praising Dr Manmohan Singh is not even mentioning the name of P V Narasimha Rao, the former Prime Minister of India, who had the vision to appoint a former Reserve Bank Governor as Finance Minister and give Dr Singh full support to implement the economic policies. Even in the advertisements brought out by the Congress Party prior to elections there was no mention of P V Narasimha Rao. Remember “Jai Ho” advertisements – it mentions the name of all the former Congress Prime Ministers but not the name of P V Narasimha Rao.
Why is Congress party, its leaders and workers neglecting Rao? Has he not done enough as Prime Minister to make them proud? Doesn’t his action as Prime Minister really helped India in her march towards 21st century as a stronger and self sufficient nation?
I have written a blog about P V Narasimha Rao about two years back that I think is still relevant. I am republishing that below. I feel it is time for all of us to give due credit to the contributions of P V Narasimha Rao to India’s development.
One of my family friend’s daughter wrote to me last week that she got 4 jobs in top IT companies in India and asked me if she should take any of them or go for higher studies. This girl has just reached final year of engineering and she has 4 high paying jobs to choose from. This is India of the 21st century. Majority of the students studying for engineering have multiple offers even before completing their course work.
Who was the main architect who “designed” this change? Have we given enough recognition to that man who had the courage to dream about the benefits of economic liberalization and took concrete steps to make that dream a reality? The man I am talking about is P V Narasimha Rao, former Prime Minister of India whose birthday falls in the month of June. This post is a tribute to this great politician who according to me was a true visionary a rare breed in Indian politics these days.
When Narasimha Rao took over as the 12th Prime Minister of India heading a minority Government, he was facing the worst economic crisis since independence. India was about to default in her international commitment to pay back the debts, the previous Government led by S Chandrasekhar had to pledge gold to pay the debts and inflation was going out of control. Narasimha Rao was about to retire from politics when fate – in the tragic form of assassination of Rajiv Gandhi – made him the Prime Minister of India.
Once he was elected the Prime Minister of India what was the first thing he did – having been part of the Government for more than two decades he could understand the gravity of the economic crisis facing the nation and appointed a bureaucrat Dr Manmohan Singh as his Finance Minister. He had an option to choose from a long list of senior Congress leaders as Finance Minister – Sharad Pawar, Arjun Singh, Madhav Rao Scindia, N D Tiwari to name a few. But he selected a non politician at the crucial juncture of Indian history. For me this one decision by Rao changed the face of the country. All of us – the generation in the early 20’s to mid 30’s - who are enjoying the fruits of economic liberalization like a very good job, with a fat pay check or so many job offers from different countries – we should be thankful to this great man. If Rao had appointed another politician and did not do anything to open up the economy we may not have seen all these economic growth happening in India now.
Rao not only appointed Dr Singh as the Finance Minister but also gave him all the political support he needed to push his reforms. This political support from Rao was very important for Dr Singh as that Government was in a minority for most of its term. The importance of political support from Rao (who was the Prime Minister as well as AICC President at that time) can be gauged by the fact that Dr Singh as Prime Minister was struggling to push the economic reforms as he is not getting enough political support from his party bosses and Left parties.

Rao has excelled in other fields also as the Prime Minister. His Government is instrumental in bringing peace back in Punjab. In the defense front he made all the ground work to make India a nuclear power – even though credit of actual nuclear test went to his successor Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
The only real black spot in Rao’s tenure according to me happened on December 6th 1992, when Hindu fundamentalists (read RSS and BJP) demolished the Babri Masjid mosque in Ayodhya. This incident will always remain as a black mark in the secular credentials of India. Rao failed to foresee that demolition was going to happen. I believe we can forgive him for this mistake he committed after considering all the good things he had done for our country.
At the fag end of his term, Rao was subjected to cruel media witch hunt. I remember reading in newspapers, pages and pages of stories about the various corruption and omissions committed by Rao (St Kitts forgery scandal, Lakhubhai Pathak cheating scandal, JMM bribery scandal to name few). He was painted a villain by the print and visual media. Even though he was cleared of all the charges by the highest court of the land he had to live with these allegations for the rest of his life.
Considering all the contributions Narasimha Rao has given to India’s development, especially to its growth as a major economic force in the world, I believe his name should be on par with great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. If Nehru and Gandhiji fought for India’s freedom from British I believe Rao fought and won the “economic freedom” – fruits of which we all are enjoying. So let us all pay a glowing tribute to him and remember this great man at the time when Congress has retained power at the Center.
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Blogger Praveen said...

To tell you the truth, I never knew this bit of info regarding Rao's role in making Manmohan the finance minister..

May 28, 2009 9:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Narasimha rao doesn't know politics.Actually he make big problem to congress.His big failure is ayodhya temple attack.

June 03, 2009 8:25 PM  
Anonymous KR said...

Indeed PVNR was the man who debunked the Christian socialist dogma that limited Bharat and reformed the economy according to Hindu principles. But since PVNR was a RSS man, it is too much to expect the Congress to give him any credit.

September 05, 2009 6:42 PM  
Blogger pavan said...

In my opinion, Narasimha garu is a master strategist. We should not forget that he changed our diplomatic relations with Israel - resulting in defense deals with that country which have modernized the Indian Army today, among many other things. We will never forget P. V. Narasimha Rao, and thanks for this page.

November 26, 2009 9:23 AM  
Blogger R.Sajan said...

I am happy that at least some people still have the honest approach to history. This country has been a land of chamcha-historians after Independence. For example, nobody remembers Lal Bahadur Shastri, while Sanjay Gandhi is remembered. Ask any teenager and he will tell you that Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, was father or husband of Indira and the other Gandhis.

A time will come when Narasimha Rao would be rightly described as the real Father of the Nation.

December 12, 2009 9:17 PM  
Anonymous Abhilash said...

Yes. Atleast some of people like you are still remembered him. he is really a great person.

January 04, 2010 3:12 PM  
Blogger Isaac said...

Congress is nothing but a bunch of shikandis.... take the case of ex AP Governor.He caught red handed only in the age of 86.How he escaped upto this stage...?
Our Manmohan too is not a different case.Before going to US he emphatically stated that the India Pakistan Iran pipeline is a matter between three countries and matter ends there.But in his return flight he had to say that pipeline project is fraught with difficulties,ie under pressure from US.
Lastly take the case of Anderson. Again Congress shows its meticulous spineless tactics.
To summarize, those who have spine and ability to take out India, from her problems, will not be accepted by congress, only SHIKANDIS..and that happened with Rao.

June 13, 2010 3:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's very unfortunate most of the people doesn't even know what PVNR did for the nation, he is one of the best PM in the Indian history, all the modern economical boom, nuclear program, etc. is his vision for the nation. He is personally not a corrupt PM, what ever he did, it was in the best interest of the nation, it may not be in the best interest of the SONIA and family. He is the true Indian PM.

June 28, 2010 6:16 PM  
Anonymous PT said...

Greatest and most effective PM in Indian modern history

August 09, 2010 1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To tell truth what I am today is because of 2 Rao's. One is my father Rao and second one is P V Narasimha rao. I wouldn't have been where I am today with out him

September 16, 2010 3:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He created oppurtunities for generations. But these generations have no time or interest in actual history. Though Rao is the best PM India ever had, the reasons are not known to many. Cannot be knows because the Sonias plannedly tarnish his images. I only pray that sometime or later truth prevail.

December 03, 2010 6:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sychophants and promoters of dynastic rule won't allow people to understand PV Narasimharao who is the maker of New India
BS Nair,Nedumangad-695541.

December 19, 2010 11:15 AM  
Anonymous Parvez Mohammed said...

1.Then we can also forgive Harshad Mehtha, who gifted PVNR with a suit case.
2.Do not forget how he won the vote of confidence by bribing the JMK leaders.
3.It is true thah PVNR & Dr Sigh share the same financial ideas, they want a few first world citizen in a country where 80% of the people earn Rs 20 or less a day.
4.Do not simplify Ayodya-Babri Masjid issue just like that, what about the masacres and riots after that in the whole country.What did PVNR & Congress do to prevent it.

December 22, 2010 3:16 PM  
Blogger Brijesh Nair said...


1. It has been know later that the allegation about the suit case was the ploy by Harshad Metha to delay the case
2. Don’t forget Supreme Court cleared him of all charges before his death. Even if he has bribed he has used the money of the Congress party and prevented a election on Indian people that could have cost millions.
3. We are all enjoying the benefits of liberalization; Don’t forget that.
4. Yes agreed that Babri Masjid demolition was a national disaster but I feel that the particular government has done enough after to protect the secular fabric of our country.

December 22, 2010 6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) it is true that rao was acquitted due to lack of evidence.however anyone who has observed his conduct as PM can clearly see
his dubious relationships with men like chandraswami and his direct involvement in horsetrading. All he can be praised of is as a typical everyday corrupt politician we see around passing freely through the loopholes of law.
2. The economic liberalisation was a continuation of policies from 1980s quickened by rao because there was no other choice then.full credit to rao for managing it at the political level for 5 years.
But if you think liberalisation is good because someone you knew got 4 jobs then it hardly makes any sense.Dont forget that after 20 years of liberalisation the progress made in human development is practically nil.40 plus percentage of children born here in india are underweight whose parents wont come here to post comments in any internet forums.
They had given their verdict in 1996 itself.
3. Babri is one of the worst thing happened in india. Rao by strengthening communal hands is indirectly responsible for all the communal violence and massacre for which we are still paying.
No wonder even congress will find itself in embarrassing position if it tries to defend him.

December 22, 2010 7:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Before we blames PVNR, we shall realize that he did not start the problem nor he escalated the movement. By the time he took over, the movement already acquired uncontrollable dimensions. Even opposition concedes that he put in sincere efforts to resolve the issue peacefully. A little known fact is that he passed a resolution which freezed the status co of religious places as of 1947 which effectively stopped the nation from various other divisive movements.
When he took over, he had a plethora of tough problems like internal strife, economic melt down and external policy collapse and he provided successful and pragmatic solutions to all of them. Every ruler had his own share of strengths and inadequacies. A leader shall be judged by not one single incident. PVNR no doubt deserves rich appreciation for navigating a country which was perhaps at it's lowest point in 1991 towards a much stronger country by 1996.

December 25, 2010 1:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My friends who are criticizing PV shall realize that he never pushed the divisive agenda to strengthen vote banks. All the problems which culminated in 1991 were mostly emanated from over enthusiastic divisive politics pursued by politicians of all types across the country. If these problems got evaporated between 1991 and 1996 and India marched towards prosperity, it became possible only because the man at the helm thought otherwise. Whether land reforms or economic reforms, he pursued policies which benefited large sections of society.My friends shall not fall prey to the cacophony, lest we loose leaders who can change lives of millions. We shall think beyond mandal/mandir/masjid political mindset and recognize talented individuals. I feel we did march ahead and thanks to PV for demonstrating there is much more beyond divisive politics.

December 25, 2010 5:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sri P V Narasimha Rao, Mauna Muni And Deng Tsiao Ping of India
Dr T.H.Chowdary*

Still waters run deep” are wise words which aptly apply to Sri P V Narasimha Rao. His scholarship in Indian classics is vast.

The time when the wisdom that scholarship imparted to him could be brought to fully bear upon India’s policies was when he became the Prime Minister in 1991. Only a few of his great contributions to India’s glory are recalled in this tribute to this great son of Andhra Pradesh, who ever saw himself as a Bharatiya, with the great inheritance of Bharat’s samskriti, culture.
Andhra Pradesh and India would be increasingly feeling proud of Sri P V Narasimha Rao and his contribution for laying the foundation for a prosperous and powerful India by unleashing the inimitable entrepreneurship of Indians not only in this country but across the globe. It is absolute small mindedness that for so unique a personality as PV, a Samadhi for him was not allowed to be built in Delhi, where men of far less caliber who had become Prime Ministers by chance had been given place. Neither is Andhra Pradesh giving what is due to him for fear of wrath of the powers that veil. History will condemn the small minded men who are deliberately ignoring the great PV.
* History will pay tribute to him in ample measure just as it is paying to Dr B R Ambedkar more than any other person in the political firmament of India.*

February 16, 2011 7:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Narasimha Rao India's most underrated PM?
P.V.R.K. Prasad rtd IAS officer who worked with PV when he was PM. He wrote a book called ASALEM JARIGINDANTE ? i.e. What happend at that time? If you read that book he told PV does not have money to pay his lawyer fees for court cases. Hence he decided to sell his house in Hyderabad, (Banjara hils) to pay lawyer fees.

February 16, 2011 8:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i know that p.v narishmha rao never got the credit, but the way i see this is different. Leaders like vallabhai patel and p.v narshimha rao are those guys who take the strong /dirty jobs to complete to save bigger institutions. Patel took the hard task of uniting india from all its princely states but he never got any credit.He was sick when pakistan attacked india and all nehru did was run to the international court. similarly Narshimha rao took up the hard taks of getting the economic reforms right. and later when congress was in deep shit due to demolition/corruption scandals this big man took all the blame onto himself so that congress would survive and continue .... There are always leaders who like to take up dirty jobs and leaders who have a nice smile to pose for the media. Narshima rao was the guy who took the dirty jobs and never craved for attention/attacks on him

April 12, 2011 3:38 AM  
Blogger sankaranarayanapillaik said...

With out PV Narasimharao India's hisory will not be complete. If we consider Mahatma Gandhi as father of the nation and Jawaharlal Nahru as sculptor of democracy surely Narasimharao is father of economic reforms. Immediately pecedent to Rao's assumption of power then prime minister had to pledge gold in British Bank to fetch money for day to day governance. But after 5 years of Rao's rule India wiped out its dues and became a nearly deeveloped economy. The then finance minister Dr. Manmohansingh now is Indian PM and he continues the reforms initiated by Rao to make India super power along with developed countries. This country is indebted to him.
K Sankaranarayana Pillai
PV Narasimharao Foundation
phone: 94470 28022

June 30, 2011 1:42 PM  
Blogger Pallela Kamalakar said...

I felt very sad for our former Prime Minister Shri. P.V. Narshimma Rao. To be frank I hate politics played within and with the parties but the way the economy was lifted from a very worst situation in 90's was not possible by any other Prime Ministers ruled our Country.

The step to bring Dr. Man Mohan Singh itself was very daring step immediately after the death of Rajiv Gandhi.

But I am very happy to hear the praising about PVN from Dr. Man Mohan Singh, really makes me so happy for his Political Guru.

I really don't know how much Sitaram Kesari made the country proud or worked hard for the people but he never left any chance to drag PVN into worst situations....

But Congress itself forgot its real Hero in many situations....

I might hate the negatives of PVN but I can't forget that Our Nation is really made its steps world under his guidance and foot prints with Dr. Man Mohan Singh.....

Pallela Kamalakar

July 23, 2011 1:42 PM  
Anonymous seshagiri rao said...

It is pretty sad when you see great man like PV NARASIMHA RAO's was cremated in such a bad manner.

The cremation place of PV Narasimha rao is such badly maintained.

Over and above once should spit on the congress leaders who dare not like pv narasimha rao to be a leader on his own.

Endlessly praising a Italian who would not known india till her marraiage with rajiv gandhi

All those Indians who are enjoying Economic reforms post 1991 should pay homage in respect for a great man like PV.

" Time will once again come when the real Heroes will be remembered"

December 08, 2011 5:30 AM  
Anonymous Ravi said...

Firstly, I really appreciate your efforts and your good will to remember great Visionary of India. He is the Father of Economic reforms. Such a visionary who changed the direction of the country should be awarded highest award in India.

I am not sure if anyone has followed Rao's information in Wiki pedia. In 2004 all the credit of the economic reforms was given to Rao but after the current congress govt in power all the information is changed. Look at the change history in Wiki.
Petty minded Congi workers are trying to change every history tablet available in the media to downplay Rao's achievement.
Well, we cannot expect a better thought process by a party which is led by ex-bar waitress Italian woman.

January 10, 2012 4:50 PM  
Anonymous p k patnaik said...

p k patnaik
To me PVNR IS The Architecture of modern INDIA.Without his political support Dr Singh was a big zero;WHAT WE ARE SEEING NOW. Dr Singh is struggling instead of leading a stable Govt. PVNR Showed how to run a minority govt jmm case,Dr Singh govt survived with bribe.then why blame PVNR.aFTER PATEL,sASTRI PVNR IS The real hero who worked for the country .History will recall them,giving there due ......

February 20, 2012 8:16 AM  
Anonymous p k patnaik said...

p k patnaik
To me PVNR IS The Architecture of modern INDIA.Without his political support Dr Singh was a big zero;WHAT WE ARE SEEING NOW. Dr Singh is struggling instead of leading a stable Govt. PVNR Showed how to run a minority govt jmm case,Dr Singh govt survived with bribe.then why blame PVNR.aFTER PATEL,sASTRI PVNR IS The real hero who worked for the country .History will recall them,giving there due ......

February 20, 2012 8:16 AM  
Blogger m v subba rao said...

people who criticise P V Narasimha Rao should read his book INSIDER.How the man fought at state level for the sake of the leader, Party and people will be clear.He was a National leader with vision and the fruits now the people are enjoying on I T front are because of him only.Hats of to the couragious , principled Leader of the country. Even in Andhrapradesh he is pioneer of land reforms actually which made him to loose his job as C M. He should always be remembered and respected.

April 04, 2012 4:12 PM  

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