Remembering PV Narasimha Rao: An Administrator, Statesman And The Torchbearer Of Economic Reforms In India

P. V. Narasimha Rao hailed from a village in Telangana and rose to the stature of the Prime Minister of the country.

Rao, a veteran Congress leader was the Prime Minister who served a full five-year term (from 1991 to 1996). He is credited as the architect of the economic liberalization of India.

India at the World Economic Forum in Davos (1991)

In 1991, at the annual meet of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, the then Prime Minister of India P.V. Narasimha Rao spelled out what was perhaps the most spectacular and groundbreaking economic policy for the country.

Rao’s reform narrative which spanned over 3 decades ranged from Prison reforms, Education reforms, Land reforms, New Education Policy, and Navodaya Schools, to the Look East Policy and the Economic Policy of 1991.

India pays rich tributes to the former PM 

PM Modi, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, the Congress party, political leaders across party lines and top industrialists paid rich tributes to former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao on his 100th birth anniversary.

“Tributes to former PM Shri PV Narasimha Rao Ji on his 100th birth anniversary. India remembers his extensive contributions to national development. He was blessed with remarkable knowledge and intellect,” PM Modi wtote on Twitter.

The Prime Minister also shared what he had “spoken about him (PV Narasimha Rao) during Mann Ki Baat in June last year.

Vice President Shri M Venkaiah Naidu tweeted,”My humble tributes to Shri PV Narasimha Rao, an astute administrator, statesman, visionary and the undisputed torchbearer of economic reforms in India on his hundredth birth anniversary.”

The Congress party, to which PV Narasimha Rao belonged, wrote in its tribute: “We pay our tributes to former Prime Minister, Shri PV Narasimha Rao. He was a visionary leader who oversaw major economic transformations in the Indian economy and the dismantling of the License Raj. His contributions to the nation will always be remembered.”

Industrialist, Anand Mahindra, posted: “My Monday Motivation is through remembering this man-who’s not just under-rated, but under-appreciated. Shri Manmohan Singh is usually credited for the ’91 reforms that transformed India. But in reality the pressure and courage for those reforms came from Shri PV Narasimha Rao.”

(With Agency Inputs)

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