23 December 2007

P V Narasimha Rao



This man was an amazing arrow in the India's armoury. This prime minster of India is, probably, one of the few leaders to be admired by the opposition parties. He spoke French, Spanish, Persian, Arabic and 8 other Indic languages; totally 13 in all.

Some of his serious but hilarious quotes are:
"When I don't make a decision, it's not that I don't think about it. I think about it and make a decision not to make a decision.";
"Inaction is also an action.".

He made Manmohan Singh the Finance Minister; a person who had not even participated in a municipal election, but had extensive experience in administration and economics. Duo changed the destiny of a billion people. He took decisions that lifted millions of people from poverty; and gave hope to people who had lost hope.

It is told his service to the nation was insulted when the powerful denied him a place in Rajghat. His body was cremated in the absence of the leader of the party of which he was the defining part. Sad news of his half burnt body lying open for consumption by dogs, turned in to a shock. It appears he did not work enough for the party, but he certainly did for his country.

P V Narasimha Rao will be remembered by the people who reaped the benefits of his service.
He died on 23rd December 2004. Few drops of tears I had shed, when I heard the news four years ago, were tribute to his personality. I add few more drops of tears today; he deserves them.

~rAGU

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