In a recent statement that has stirred the political corridors, senior BJP leader and prominent economist Subramanian Swamy commended Prime Minister Narendra Modi for awarding the prestigious Bharat Ratna to former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao. Swamy’s remarks came as he lauded Modi’s decision, while also indirectly criticizing former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for not taking similar action during his tenure.
Swamy, known for his outspoken opinions, expressed his belief that Narasimha Rao was deserving of the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honor, for his significant contributions to the nation. Rao, who served as the Prime Minister from 1991 to 1996, is widely credited with spearheading economic reforms that transformed India’s economy and opened it up to the global market.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi deserves thanks from the nation for awarding the Bharat Ratna to Narasimha Rao,” stated Swamy. He went on to suggest that while it was under Manmohan Singh’s tenure that the honor should have been bestowed upon Rao, Singh lacked the courage to make such a decision.
Swamy’s remarks have ignited debate within political circles, with supporters lauding Modi’s recognition of Narasimha Rao’s contributions, while critics argue that the timing of the award may be politically motivated. Nonetheless, the acknowledgment of Narasimha Rao’s legacy has drawn widespread appreciation from various quarters, underscoring his enduring impact on India’s economic and political landscape.
P.V. Narasimha Rao, often hailed as the “Father of Indian Economic Reforms,” is remembered for his visionary leadership during a crucial period of India’s history. His bold reforms, including the dismantling of the License Raj and liberalization of the economy, laid the foundation for India’s emergence as a global economic powerhouse.
As the nation reflects on Narasimha Rao’s legacy, Subramanian Swamy’s endorsement of Modi’s decision to confer the Bharat Ratna upon him serves as a reminder of the enduring significance of Rao’s contributions to India’s progress and development.