Pamulaparti Venkata Narasimha Rao (PVNR) was the tenth Prime Minister of India (1991-1996), leading a minority government that saw India's most significant economic reforms in history, turning a large, poor and bankrupt country into one of the world's largest economies, a dynamic and young country that has pulled hundreds millions out of poverty, and established a foreign policy that re-asserted India's centrality in South Asia. He was the first Prime Minister from southern India, a scholar who spoke 17 languages and whose very essence was born from ancient Indian civilization. He spearheaded India's nuclear weapons program, which was ultimately brought to fruition by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1998.
Among right-wing circles in India, PVNR is deeply respected as the true father of Indian economic reforms, one who respected Hindu sentiments and understood them very well. He remains an inspiration to all politicians aspiring to high office for his ability to push through difficult legislation while being in a minority. Indeed, in 2015 India, among the right-wing, PVNR is the only politician who earns greater awe and respect than Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
This year, OTFS takes you on a journey, back to the humble origins of the son of a farmer from Warangal District in Telangana, who saw the tyranny of the Nizam, the British occupation force and finally the license-quota-permit raj, all of which he helped dismantle. We explore his scholarly mind, that swept up everything from literature to scientific computing. And then we go back to the tumultuous years in which India was ruined, indebted and left with a begging bowl, only to rise and rise thereafter.
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PVNR: The Man, The Scholar, The Statesman