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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2678

Jurist GVG: Indian democracy rests on foundations for equitable economic development

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

New Delhi, 18 Aug ( Strong foundations for equitable economic development have strengthened Indian democracy, GVG Krishna Murthy, eminent jurist, said.

Delivering the First PV Narasimha Rao Endowment Lecture at the Kakatiya University in Warangal, Andhra Pradesh, GVG, who is also a former Election Commissioner, said the future of democracy in India is secure as people of the country, overcoming the barriers of caste, religion, and language, are able to get together as a nation and face the every day challenges.

There is no substitute to democracy’, GVG said and remarked, ‘the Indian democracy is getting firmly rooted. It has been a success and will remain so in future.’

Vani Devi, and Surabhi Dayakara Rao, daughter and son-in-law daughter of former prime minister, instituted the Endowment Lecture series under the aegis of Surabhi Educational Society in memory of PV, as Narasimha Rao was known in public life. The theme of the first lecture was ‘Future of Democracy’.

Kakatiya University Vice-Chancellor, Prof N Linga Murthy, Registrar Prof N Satyanarayana, Palamur University Vice-Chancellor, Prof V Gopal Reddy, noted educationist Dr. K Jayashankar were amongst those present at the lecture besides Vani and her husband and her brother P V Madan Mohan.

Paying rich tributes to PV, the former poll body chief described him as a democrat and great visionary. ‘His economic reforms and liberalization initiatives had helped create enormous wealth in the country. And put the country on the right track to make it a super power’.

GVG recalled his nearly four-decade long association with the first leader from Andhra Pradesh, who became the Prime Minister of the country. ‘Narasimha Rao had rendered exceptional service to the nation in his own ‘unique silent style’, he observed.

‘Democracy anywhere’, the constitutional expert said, ‘largely thrives on equitable distribution of economic development. Each of our prime ministers right from Jawaharlal Nehru to PV and the present incumbent Manmohan Singh had their own unique contribution to the country’s progress’.

Recalling the challenging times during the PV reign, GVG said there were internal disturbances. We had troubles in Punjab, Assam, Kashmir and several other places. The foresight of PV helped to overcome these and many other problems even as he laid strong foundations for strengthening the economy.

‘Indians are now repeaing the benefits of his economic reforms’, the former election commissioner said hailing the massive exercise of elections in India every five years as a wonderful testimony to the country’s democratic ethos, and, saying that it is ‘worth emulation’ by nascent democracies in Asia and Africa.

-Asian Tribune-

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