27 September, 2020

Tale Of An Opening Up

Though written out of history, Narasimha Rao was the true face of liberalisation. This book gives him his due.

Tale Of An Opening Up

Former prime minister P.V. Narasimha Rao always believed that history would judge him bet­­ter. Congress leader Jairam Ramesh’s new book, To the Brink and Back: India’s 1991 story, proves that he was not wrong. It is a fitting tribute to a man who was the real father of the economic reforms, launched 25 years ago when the country was facing an acute economic crisis. Yet, the Congress and even the world has projected Manmohan Singh as the father of reforms, ignoring Rao’s primary role, and this book has done justice in this regard.

Jairam’s strength is his capacity to exp­lain even most complex ideas in very simple, PowerPoint presentation mode. Written in his typical, crystal-clear  style, the book is enlivened with a sense of humour. No doubt, alongside everything, he has given himself an important role in the initial days of the reform process.

One thing that puzzles me is why would Jairam, who is close to the Nehru-Gan­dhi fam­ily, decide to eulogise Narasimha Rao, who is anathema to that power centre?...



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