Congress’ nearly criminal neglect of one of its most prominent leaders and its unwillingness to even confer credit on Narasimha Rao for his most enduring legacy is, arguably, the result of a combination of factors that came to the fore during his prime ministerial stint.
This month, 29 years ago, P V Narasimha Rao became the Prime Minister of India. A veteran journalist remembers how just a few days before, Rao had packed his bags in Delhi to retire in his hometown Warangal.
If Nehru laid the foundations of democracy, science and technology, Rao prepared the ground for a potential economic miracle; and re-invented foreign relations. He was second to none as a Prime Minister of India.
This article was originally published in November 1996 when P.V. Narasimha Rao was down and out and Rao had lost office as Prime Minister and unceremoniously ousted from the leadership of the Congress (I).