- Narasimha Rao: Remembering the Man and Politician on His Birthday
Narasimha Rao-28-06-17 was India’s ninth Prime Minister, and on the occasion of his birth anniversary, here are two anecdotes that exemplify his tolerance towards critics.Two decades ago, it was difficult to imagine that the media would report on the Prime Minister’s health and his illness would be a matter of public debate.
This unnamed protocol was broken by Business Standard in 1994-95. One day, they published on their front page that Prime Minister Narasimha Rao was afflicted with minor paralysis due to Transient Intermittent Ailment (TIA) and that he was admitted to AIIMS.
The Chief Medical Advisor showed the media the logbook maintained by the SPG and we at Business Standard debated day and night how we would publish our denial. We told the them that if we published a denial, then we would also mention that we were standing by our story. Additionally, we told them that we would publish more information that might prove to be harmful to the Central government as well as Rao.–PTI-News.