Sunday, June 11, 2017

To the brink and back by Jairam Ramesh.

I used to get frustrated, Whenever I hear from Congress supporters saying, it was Rajiv Gandhi who wanted to bring economic reforms, and after his untimely death, P.V.Narasimha Rao brought those economic reforms.

Jairam Ramesh went a step ahead. He said in his book, "To the brink and back", before the 1991 elections, Rajiv Gandhi cleared three names for the finance minister, I.G.Patel, Manmohan Singh and S.Venkitaramanan. He wrote as if, P.V.Narasimha Rao did exactly what Rajiv Gandhi would have done (including the selection of the Finance Minister).

It is believed that, I.G.Patel was the first preference for P.V.Narasimha Rao. But, he declined and Manmohan Singh accepted it. S.Venkitaramanan was the then Reserve Bank Governor.

In olden days, whenever poets write any book, they start by glorifying their king. In the same way, Jairam Ramesh's book started with the glorification of Rajiv Gandhi.

During the discussion of the reforms in 1991, most of the ministers did not accept the reforms and rejected it. Later Jairam Ramesh added the preamble of praising Nehru-Gandhi family and described as if Nehru-Gandhi family wanted the reforms, and all the ministers accepted it.

I would have liked the book much more, had he skipped the "too exaggerating" praises of Rajiv Gandhi.

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