IANS | 12 Feb, 2024
Former late Prime Minister Narasimha Rao’s nephew Madan Mohan on
Friday said that the announcement of Bharat Ratna to the late Prime
Minister has resulted in wave of joyous celebrations across the entire
stretch of Andhra and Telangana.
Madan Mohan -- in an exclusive
interview with IANS -- said that such honour for the former PM Narasimha
Rao was much-awaited because of his exemplary and visionary leadership
in ‘turbulent times of 1990s’.
Narasimha Rao’s nephew thanked
Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bestowing first non-Congress PM with
the Bharat Ratna, ‘something which could have been done much ago’.
thankful to PM Modi for conferring nation’s highest civilian award to
Narasimha Rao,” said the son of PV Manohar Rao, ex-PM’s younger brother.
Mohan, who has been a journalist for 30 years, also heaped praises on
Modi government for identifying the grassroots heroes and lauding their
contribution in nation’s growth.
He said that under the Modi-led
NDA government, many people with common background are now getting
acknowledged and felicitated at national level.
Tearing into the
grand old party, he said that Congress neglected Narasimha Rao’s
contributions and it had to pay a heavy price for this in subsequent
Madan Mohan, who has worked with diverse media
organisations for almost three decades, also had a word of advice for
the grand old party.
“Congress needs to learn from the incumbent
Modi government,” he said, while inferring to its ‘archaic’ ways as
against NDA’s reform-driven governance.
Earlier, P.V. Manohar Rao,
ex-PM Narasimha Rao’s brother also berated the Congress for dithering
over Bharat Ratna award to the ‘man who brought reforms’ to India.
to IANS, he said that it took more than 20 years to award Bharat Ratna
despite Manmohan Singh-led UPA government staying in power from
Narasimha Rao along with former PM Chaudhary Charan
Singh and renowned scientist Swaminathan were picked for nation’s
highest civilian honour, PM Modi announced via his X handle today.
Narasimha Rao is widely credited for bringing reforms to the nation in
1990s, beset by economic crisis. His six-time Parliamentary tenure came
to an end in 2004 after his demise at the age of 83.