Nation pays rich tribute to former prime minister P V Narasimha Rao on birth anniversary

South India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several other leaders recalled the contributions made by Narasimha Rao for the country as Prime Minister from from 1991 to 1996.

The nation on Sunday (June 28) paid rich tributes to former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao was on the occasion of his birth anniversary.

Modi paid tributes to PV Narasimha Rao and remembered him as one of the most experienced leaders of India, who always raised his voice against injustice and led the country through a critical phase.

"India is paying homage to one of her former Prime Ministers, who led the country through a critical phase. This day marks the commencement of the birth centenary year of our former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao," said PM Modi during his episode of monthly-radio programme Mann Ki Baat.

The Prime Minister said that PV Narasimha Rao used to speak many Indian and foreign languages and he was rooted in Indian values and had knowledge of Western literature and science as well.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu paid glowing tributes to him on his birth anniversary and recalled the pioneering role played by him in initiating economic reforms at a critical juncture when the Indian economy was on the brink of collapse.

"He sought to dismantle the restrictions imposed under the license raj, reduce red tape and make Indian industries more competitive," the Vice President was quoted by NDTV.

Narasimha Rao was born on June 28, 1921 in Telangana (then Nizam's Hyderabad state) and died on December 23, 2004 in New Delhi. The former Prime Minister, part of the Congress party, had laid the foundation for trade liberalisation and the re-integration of the Indian economy with the global economy, the NDTV report.

Paying tribute to the son of the soil, Telangana Chief Minister Chandrashekhara Rao said that the state will observe year-long centenary celebrations of PV Narasimha Rao beginning June 28. The government has urged Telugu associations across 51 countries to celebrate "on a grand scale".

The chief minister urged the Central government to honour the late prime minister with Bharath Ratna, the country’s top civilian award. He said he will lead a delegation to Delhi and take up the matter with Prime Minister Narendra Modi (with inputs from agencies)

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