1. Most important lesson PM Modi could have learnt from Narasimha Rao is to recognise importance of time: Sanjaya Baru

Most important lesson PM Modi could have learnt from Narasimha Rao is to recognise importance of time: Sanjaya Baru

"I think the most important lesson Modi should learn or could have learnt from Rao, which in my view he did not, was to recognize the importance of time," Sanjaya Baru says.

By: | Updated: October 19, 2016 1:58 PM
Narasimha Rao was a lifelong number two but when he became the Prime Minister in 1991, he decided he will be number one and behave like number one tells Sanjaya Baru Narasimha Rao was a lifelong number two but when he became the Prime Minister in 1991, he decided he will be number one and behave like number one tells Sanjaya Baru

Narasimha Rao was a lifelong number two but when he became the Prime Minister in 1991, he decided he will be number one and behave like number one tells Sanjaya Baru in an interview to Indian Express. He says, “I think Rao was a lifelong number two but when he became the PM, he decided he will be number one and behave like number one. Dr Singh was also lifelong number two. When he became the PM he tried to be like number one but the Congress did not allow that. They wanted Sonia to be number one and my earlier book, The Accidental PM, was about how that arrangement worked in UPA-I but did not work in UPA-II.”

When asked about his new book, Baru says, “My new book is about a PM who has simply not got what he deserved. Look at how Narasimha Rao has been completely forgotten… Everybody thinks that liberalization of the economy was started by Manmohan Singh — of course it is true, he was the finance minister — but people forget who the PM was. And so I thought the time has come to remind this generation that Rao was a great PM. Of course, he was the Telugu bidda but that doesn’t reduce his importance of being Narasimha Rao.”

When asked about his relationship with Manmohan Singh, Baru says, “I have the highest regard for Manmohan Singh. But Rao was the PM and as the PM he is above the finance minister… What I have said in my book is what Dr Singh himself accepts. He has never denied that it was under the leadership of Rao that he was able to do what he has done. It is the Congress that has deliberately given credit only to Singh and refused to give credit to Rao… I am writing to make the point that hello, there was somebody called the PM of India… I give him [Singh] full credit as the number two, which is what he was in 1991.”

“I think the most important lesson Modi should learn or could have learnt from Rao, which in my view he did not, was to recognize the importance of time,” Baru adds. “Rao did most of his policy initiatives within the first year. I think Mr. Modi wasted his first year and now he is trying to cover the ground he lost… Rao was a man who thought he was going to die, he was a heart patient. He was going to take sanyaas, he was going to leave Delhi and go to some temple in the south. Suddenly he becomes PM, he does not know how long his government will last, his was a minority government, and he did not know how long he would live. So every day he made use of.”

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    Anil Gupta
    Oct 19, 2016 at 9:29 am
    PVN Rao was indeed a great leader. By remaining pive for few hours he helped Kvaks remove the scar of Babri structure.And soon thereafter he dismissed all BJP governments of UP, HP, MP and Rajasthan.He introduced economic reforms to unshackle the economy of Nehruvian 'licence, quota, permit Raj'. Most of his economic reforms were those which were suggested by Dr.Subramanian Swamy in his 1969 report led," Indian Economic Planning: An Alternative Approach".This report was put in the Parliament by the then Bhartiya Jan Sangh in 1969-70.But then PM Indira hi rejected the suggestion as she could not dare antagonize Left parties whose support was crucial for her survival in the aftermath of Congress division of 1969.Rao had the economic reforms introduced through MMS as he wanted a buffer.Had the reforms failed he would have put the blame on MMS.But all said and done PVN Rao was great patriot who was insulted even after his demise by the Sonia Congress.Now Modi government should confer Bharat Ratna on Rao.
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      Against Sick
      Oct 19, 2016 at 1:07 pm
      Sanjay Baru, instead of making motherhood statements, should substantiate his outlandish claims such as "Modi wasted first year" with facts. He wont do it because facts say something very different which is not in line with his concocted narrative here....as a matter of fact, PM Modi started major foundation laying schemes-- on which he's now building g edifice--in his first year in the office e.g. Jan Dhan was launched in the first year on which financial inclusion and subsidy optimization programs ((DBT, UJAWALA, Fertiliser, Kerosene, NREGS) are being run. Rural Electrification and debt laden DISCOM transformation scheme (UDAY) was started in the first year itself. MUDRA bank scheme to finance small vendors was started in the first year. 6 crore vendors have been financed in the first year itself and hence minimum 6 crore jobs have been created and/or sustained, Krishi Sinchai Yojna, soil health card, Swaccha Bharat (building toilets in schools in first year) and so many other things can be listed here. Mr Baru should remember the days of one-sided propaa are over. Thanks to social media people are far better informed and equipped to call the bluff of politically motivated people like Mr Baru. In essence the article above is a piece of junk as it is not substantiated by the facts
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        Rohan
        Oct 19, 2016 at 8:49 am
        The great AAP journalist who does the worst of paid journalism. First of all greed for money has made u such a moron. One day u will be exposed.
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          Seshadri
          Oct 19, 2016 at 9:48 am
          Absolutely. One has to include Jaitely in the first year policy fiasco team
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