He was the very hieroglyph of modesty. Pamulaparti Venkata Narasimha Rao, fondly referred to as PV, etched a mark for himself in the pages of Indian political history.
Chanakya of Modern India
During the times of uncertainty and turbulence, PV rose to become the Prime Minister of India, reviving an almost bankrupt economy from sinking into a permanent collapse. That makes him truly the Chanakya of the Modern India.
Born into a humble Telugu Brahmin family, Mr Narasimha Rao was an epitome of patience, planning and inner zeal. It was never easy for a non Hindi speaking politician to thrive and lead the entire nation. PV did that and much more. He gained the trust and love of the entire country with his robust policies and envisioning. A natural administrator, Rao was called as Father of Indian Economic Reforms due to his strong self sustaining policies like License Raj and Indian Monetary Fund (IMF). This in the midst of tough phase of a sinking nation’s economy.
Remembering P V Narasimha Rao, we bring to you some fond facts and facets of the most admirable politician of our times that history will remember forever.
Adopted At The Age of 3
P V was actually adopted by parents hailing from an Agraharam family. Though he was actually born into a Telugu Brahmin household, he was brought up in Vangara village later in his life.
Had Excellent Command Over 17 Languages
Mr Rao was a great learner of languages. He was said to have an amazing grip over 17 languages. These include Marathi, Oriya, Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil, Urdu, French, Arabic, Persian, German and Spanish.
Was an Editor For Kakatiya Patrika
During his younger days, Rao edited a Telugu Magazine called Kakatiya Patrika. He also used to write articles with a pen name, Jaya Vijaya along with his cousin Sadasiva Rao.
Studied Arts and Law
His quest for knowledge was unparalleled. PV studied Bachelor’s in The Arts and later went on to pursue Master’s degree in Law. His sound grip with the subject of law was perhaps a driving factor while reforming policies along with Manmohan Singh during his political career as an able Prime Minister of the country.
Ran for the Post of Indian Presidency
Not many know that PV was also speculated running for the post of India’s Presidential position along with his competition, Zail Singh in the 80’s. His active contribution to the country’s freedom and later years of governance at the center and state level are very well known and revered.
There was a certain charisma of PV that makes him a favorite politician of the many political visionaries even today, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N Chandrababu Naidu being one of them. Every leader in the Indian Political scenario tends to take lesson or two from PV’s page in the running of administration.
Snapshots of PV Narasimha Rao’s Political Sojourn
- Adopted and averted the crucial 1991 Economic Crisis, with Economic Liberalization and Reforms. His idea of liberalization was heavily criticized by social nationalists with forceful resistance.
- Pioneered and propelled National Nuclear Security and Ballistic Missiles Program, resulting in the 1998 Pokhran Nuclear Tests
- Launched the Look East Foreign Policy, that brought India into the gamut of ASEAN
- Introduced the famous SEBI Act in 1992 , giving SEBI a legal authority to oversee and regulate various security market intermediaries.
- Opened up gates for foreign investors to divulge into Indian equity markets, and permitting Indian companies to raise capital on international markets. Inception of Global Depository Receipts.
PV breathed his last in 2004, after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 83. The man of Indian Economic Reforms and Privatization lived a full and complete life, enriching others’. This Chanakya of Modern India will forever be immortal. Respect.