Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid tributes to former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao on his birth anniversary, remembering him as one of the most experienced leaders of India, who would always raise his voice against injustice and led the country through a critical phase.
“India is paying homage to one of her former Prime Ministers, who led the country through a critical phase. This day marks the commencement of the birth centenary year of our former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao. When we talk about him, naturally, his image that emerges before us is that of a political leader, but it is also true that he was a polyglot!” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his 66th episode of monthly-radio program Mann Ki Baat.
The prime minister said that PV Narasimha Rao used to speak many Indian and foreign languages and he was rooted in Indian values and had knowledge of Western literature and science as well.
“He left no stone unturned to raise his voice,” the prime minister said.
“Narasimha Rao also understood history very well. His rise from a very simple background, his emphasis on education, his tendency to learn, and, with all this, his leadership ability – everything is memorable,” Modi said.
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“I urge that, in the birth centenary year of Narasimha Rao, all of you, try to know as much as possible about his life and thoughts. I once again pay my tribute to him,” the premiere said.
This is not the first time that Prime Minister Modi and the BJP have paid tribute to PV Narasimha Rao. The BJP has repeatedly raised the issue of Rao not being given due honour by the INC party after his death.
“Remembering Shri PV Narasimha Rao Ji on his birth anniversary. A great scholar and veteran administrator, he led the nation at a crucial juncture of our history. He will be remembered for taking pioneering steps that contributed to national progress,” Prime Minister Modi had tweeted last year when he was in Japan for the G-20 Summit.
The INC on its part had accused the BJP of indulging in divisive politics.
Tributes poured on social media today for the former prime minister known for ushering in the policy of economic liberalisation in 1991, following the directions of Rao. Singh had otherwise received a largely socialist education and implemented socialist ideas as a bureaucrat between 1971 and 1991.
Singh returned to socialism, ignoring the benefits India had accrued in the decade gone by due to the opening up of the economy, in 2004 under the mentorship of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and exhortations by 60 communist MPs who were supporting the government from outside.
“Remembering former Prime Minister, Shri PV Narasimha Rao on his birth anniversary today. A pioneer of economic reforms which set India firmly on the path of economic recovery. He was an astute administrator and a multifaceted personality — a scholar, writer & polyglot,” vice president M Venkaiah Naidu tweeted.
“He had translated famous Telugu novel, ‘Veyyipadagalu’ into Hindi. He promoted mother tongue as a medium of instruction upto college level. He will always be remembered for his invaluable contribution to the country’s growth and development,” Naidu added.