P V Narasimha Rao addressing Congress (I) members (File picture)
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi recalled the position of the late P V Narasimha Rao on his beginning centenary yr as a “scholar rooted in tradition and a freedom fighter”, a remembrance that had political overtones since India’s ninth PM has been largely ignored by his Congress get together within the mild of his variations with the Gandhi household.
So whereas it was the odd senior Congress chief like Ahmed Patel who paid tributes, Modi in his month-to-month radio speak recalled that Rao, as a 17-year-old youth, participated in mass protests towards the ban on singing of Vande Matram by the Nizam of Hyderabad and mentioned the late chief steered the nation at a time of disaster.
“India is paying homage to one in every of her former prime ministers, who led the nation via a crucial part. This present day marks the graduation of the beginning centenary yr of our former PM P V Narasimha Raoji,” Modi mentioned, including that Rao was a real polyglot.
Modi’s reward is critical due to the rift that developed between Rao, the primary Congress PM outdoors the Gandhi household to have accomplished a full time period, and the Gandhis. BJP has typically accused the Nehru-Gandhi household of ignoring PMs like Lal Bahadur Shastri and Rao.
“He was some of the skilled leaders of India. However there may be one other facet of his life which is outstanding that we must always know. Narasimha Raoji had joined the freedom motion in his teenagers and when the Nizam of Hyderabad refused permission to sing Vande Mataram, he took an lively half within the motion towards the Nizam… he raised his voice towards injustice,” Modi mentioned.
“His rise from a quite simple background, his emphasis on schooling, his eagerness to study, and, together with all these qualities, his management skill are all memorable,” the PM mentioned and urged individuals to find out about his life and ideas.