On Saturday, the Youth Congress, on their official Twitter handle, shared a flashback video, a merging of various Congress Prime Ministers. Their tribute to past was accompanied by Ae Watan from Raazi, a patriotic track that the audience simply loved. "We are Congress, we live for the tricolour and sacrifice ourselves for the tricolour as well," the caption read. Whether they're following the ruling party's footsteps of fostering nationalism through their acts, is another debate. But here's what caught our eyes about the video.
While the video features India's first PM Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabbhai Patel and India's first and so far the only woman Prime Minister Indira Gandhi alongside others, there's no mention of PV Narasimha Rao, an eminent lawyer, and a politician who served as India's 9th Prime Minister from 1991 to 1996. An act of missing out involuntary or dropping it out deliberately? If it is the second one, does the Congress still remember Rao's once affectionate equation with Sonia Gandhi that rather saw a consistent decline?
For those uninitiated, it happened over a long course of time and various political events that Gandhi and Rao didn't find themselves on the same page anymore. It is said that post Rajiv Gandhi's assassination, a bereaved Sonia Gandhi drew deep sympathy from Rao, who would be a regular visitor. He was also active in arranging additional security for Rahul Gandhi, who was then studying in Harvard and there were presumptions of Sikh extremist groups planning to kill him. One also says that Sonia turned up to Rao, asking whether it would be a right decision to enter politics and he suggested otherwise. However, their equation reportedly began straying as in 1992, Sonia openly condemned the demolition of Babri Masjid, massive religious destruction that took place during Rao's tenure. However, Sonia, at least on record never demanded Rao to step down.
With this, Rao's visit to Sonia's Delhi residence to brief her about the affairs of the nation also gradually came to an end. Reports state that a number of internal members of Congress tried building how Rao could be supporting the killers of Rajiv Gandhi. This was enough sensitive an allegation for Rao, who joined hands with the AIADMK for the 1996 Tamil Nadu elections, not letting the much-discussed Congress-DMK ally happen.
It is said that after Rao's demise in 2004, his family wanted to bury him in Delhi but the Congress high command made sure that his mortal remains were sent to Hyderabad. "Soniaji did not want… him to be seen as an all-India leader," a Financial Express report quotes his son Prabhakar Rao saying.
One wonders whether the Congress camp remembers the nook of history and are still influenced by them!