It took more than a decade for former late Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao, to get his due respect. Coinciding with his birth anniversary on, 28 June, Rao got immortalized in the form of a ‘samadhi’ in the national capital. Having headed the Congress government from 1991 – 1996, Narasimha Rao was the one who gave a fine push to the economic reforms led by the then Finance Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.
The Congress government denied a memorial for Dr. PV Narasimha Rao aftr his death in 2004, as he was disowned by his party. Rao’s memorial, which is ready at Rashtriya Smriti, is situated on the banks of river Yamuna, adjacent to those of the former prime ministers and presidents, said a senior Urban Development Ministry official.
“Barring the work of putting up a mesh around the area, the memorial is complete and anyone who wants to pay respect can visit the site,” said the official. The memorial is raised on a plinth of marble, with a plaque bearing the text, briefing his contributions.
“Known as the scholar Prime Minister of India, Shri P V Narasimha Rao was born on 28th June, 1921, in Laknepalli Village, Warangal District, in Telangana. He rose to prominence as a freedom fighter who fought against the misrule of the Nizam, during the formative years of his political career,” the plaque reads.
It goes on to add, “A reformer, educationist, scholar, conversant in 15 languages and known for his intellectual contribution, he was called the ‘Brihaspati’ (wiseman) of the Andhra Pradesh Cabinet between 1962 and 1971. He was the first Chief Minister to implement land reforms in the country in 1972.”
“As a minister in the Union Cabinet from 1980-1989, he held various portfolios and brought in lasting changes to them. As Prime Minister of India, he ushered in economic reforms and laid the foundations for a strong and vibrant economy in India. PV Narasimha Rao died on 23rd December 2004, leaving behind a lasting legacy. He is fondly remembered as the architect of vibrant India,” it reads.
Union minister for Urban Development, Venkaiah Naidu, had made a move of proposal of erecting a memorial for the former Prime Minister at Ekta Sthal, integrated to the Rashtriya Smriti. Later on 15th of June, he asked the Central Public Works Department to complete the works on the memorial ghat for Rao, ahead of his birth anniversary on 28th of June.
Earlier in 2013, the UPA government had gone further by deciding that there would be no more separate memorial ghats for any leader, citing paucity of space.