NDA plans a memorial for Narasimha Rao

rao_650_033115083342The legacy of P.V. Narasimha Rao, the first Congress prime minister outside the Nehru-Gandhi family, is set to be refurbished under the new dispensation in New Delhi.  The NDA government has decided to build a memorial, honouring him as the architect of the country’s economic reforms.

The Urban Development Ministry is learnt to have forwarded a proposal for cabinet approval to construct a memorial ghat for Rao as the harbinger of economic liberalisation at the Ekta Sthal Samadhi Complex in New Delhi.

Ekta Sthal also houses the memorial of former president Giani Zail Singh, whose term as the president was full of controversies, mainly due to his sour relations with the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

NDA ally Telugu Desam Party sees this move as the NDA’s attempt to embarrass the Congress leadership, which had consigned Rao to oblivion.

In 2013, the Congress-led government had disapproved the demand for separate memorials, and the cabinet decided to establish common memorials due to the lack of space.



Author Profile

India Writes Network
India Writes Network
India Writes Network (www.indiawrites.org) is an emerging think tank and a media-publishing company focused on international affairs & the India Story. Centre for Global India Insights is the research arm of India Writes Network. To subscribe to India and the World, write to editor@indiawrites.org. A venture of TGII Media Private Limited, a leading media, publishing and consultancy company, IWN has carved a niche for balanced and exhaustive reporting and analysis of international affairs. Eminent personalities, politicians, diplomats, authors, strategy gurus and news-makers have contributed to India Writes Network, as also “India and the World,” a magazine focused on global affairs.