My 10 Reasons why India must Honor India’s 9th Prime Minister Sri P V Narsimha Rao posthumously with Bharat Ratna
- As Prime Minister, he Converted an Economic Crisis (It was a period when India’s foreign currency reserves had plummeted to around US$ 1 billion that was barely sufficient to finance two weeks of imports.) into an Opportunity and Changed the direction and destiny of India, laid the foundation of Modern India by ending the regime of LICENSE and Opening up market for all Indians and integrating Indian economy into World Market
- His Govt policies resulted in greater employment, reduction in poverty and self-sufficiency in agriculture and achieving 6.5% economic growth, the highest ever until then for any Five Year plan period.
- Started Look East Policy for India, India became a Sectoral Dialogue partner of ASEAN in 1992 and a full Dialogue Partner in 1996.
- Achievements in National Security
It was due to Narasimha Rao’s efforts in national nuclear security and ballistic missiles program that India successfully carried out the 1998 Pokhran nuclear tests.
- The commendable national consensus quality politics he played with opposition leader Sri Atal Bihari Vajpayee as Prime Minister that was the golden 5 years in Indian politics that he ran minority government for full 5 years for the first time in India’s history is a testimony.
- India’s accession to the WTO in January 1995 and Shri Rao’s role in it was pivotal.
- As Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh from 1971 to 1973, he was steadfast in his commitments towards the implementation of Land Ceiling Act in the State. This Act became one of the most effective Land Ceiling Acts in the country. He had initiated these reforms amidst strong opposition with the singular goal of ushering in equity by bring benefit to the poor and the landless. This made him one of the most forwarded-looking Chief Ministers of the state and his time.
- AICC Plenary in Tirupati in 1992 where elections were held for the CWC at the instance of Narasimha Rao. In an unusual spectacle, Congress heavyweights were seen sweating it out during the three-day session seeking votes from AICC delegates both on and off the field. this was the only instance of this Grand Old Party in my life time so far !
- A historic vote to overturn the “Zionism equals racism” resolution was about to come up at the UN, and Liebler appealed to Rao to vote for it. He passionately argued for full diplomatic relations and complained that India had treated Israel as a “pariah”. Rao assured Liebler that India never equated Zionism with racism. “We sometimes have to go along with things we are not 100 per cent in agreement with,” Rao said. Liebler pressed him further, but Rao refused to commit. Yet when the resolution came up at the UN, India voted for it.
- Rao was the first Indian leader who made foreign industrialists feel as if they were in the presence of a statesmen leader whom they can trust, not a politician.