From IPS to MP to Union Minister in 60 days


It’s like a mini version of Jules Verne’s story, Around the World in 80 Days. The story of PV Rangayya Naidu’s transformation from a police officer to a politician, MP and Union Minister in 1991 in just 60 days is borderline fiction in Indian electoral history.

As far as we know, he is perhaps the least known PV of the union cabinet of PV Narasimha Rao’s ‘game-changing economic reform team’ of 1991-96. An even lesser known fact is that along with PV, Prime Minister and Finance Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, PV Rangayya Naidu is the only other minister to have served the full 5-year term in three different ministerial roles.

So when the nonagenarian published his autobiography titled A Youth Quest-Elite Force to National Politics, it raised expectations for insight into the turbulent political and economic situation of the 1990s. However, Palacholla Venkata Rangayya Naidu avoided controversy , political machinations and Delhi Durbar of that era.

Instead, he chose to weave his life story from humble beginnings at Duddivari Agraharam in Amalapuram to becoming the first East Godavari District IPS Officer in 1955 serving in various roles till to the dramatic entry into politics and work as Minister of Communications, Electricity and Water Resources in the government of Narasimha Rao. One of his most important contributions as minister is considered to be making resettlement and rehabilitation (R&R) mandatory for all major projects.

10 point reforms to electoral politics

However, towards the end of the 365-page book with 52 chapters, Rangayya Naidu decided to delve deeper into the power of money, politics and the electoral process. It examined in depth, drew on experience, built on past reforms, particularly that of TN Seshan’s tenure as Chief Election Commissioner, and proposed a set of reforms to reduce the corruption and make India’s democracy a bit more vibrant.

Among the 10 suggestions, he believes that voting should be made compulsory, elections should be funded by the state, state PMs and CMs should be directly elected by voters, simultaneous state and national elections, election expenses only by electronic payment, biometric identification of voters, transparency in the sources of funding for political parties, etc.

Finally, he thinks that there should only be the name of the Party on the ballot and not that of the candidate, as in the case of the proportional representation system. Deputies and deputies can be chosen by the political party based on the percentage of votes it has obtained.

From IPS to the prophetic words of the minister and Rajiv Gandhi

In May 1991, Rajiv Gandhi was campaigning in Khammam Lok Sabha constituency, where Rangayya Naidu was a foreign candidate, greenhorn, Cong (I). After the whirlwind trip, Gandhi boarded the plane. However, a few minutes later, he disembarked, walked over to the waiting state leaders, came straight to me, looked me straight in the eye, shook my hand firmly, and uttered “Mr. Naidu, you are winning! Please come to Delhi soon. All the VIPs gathered were stunned by this sudden gesture from Rajiv. It became prophetic, Rangayya Naidu recalled in the book. Sadly, Rajiv himself was assassinated on May 21 of that year.

Although Naidu did well in serving the IPS and the administration, what separated him from others was his early realization that to serve the nation he had to enter politics, which he did. fact, says MK Narayanan, former World Bank Governor, National Security. Advisor and also IPS teammate of Rangayya Naidu in his preface to the book. Interestingly, industrialist and politician T Subbarami Reddy claimed he was the one who pushed Naidu to fast-track his entry into politics by taking him to Rajiv Gandhi during the book launch function at the MCR HRD Institute on Monday. The two have a running friendship of 60 years.

Telangana State Police Director General M Mahender Reddy released the autobiography at the reception which was attended by many bureaucrats including PS Rammohan Rao, Roddam Prabhakar Rao, HJ Dora, MV Bhaskara Rao, Anjaneya Reddy, MV Krishna Rao, M Gopalakrishna, MVG Bhanou etc.

Youth and work

Rangayya Naidu is the tenth child of his parents and was born on April 6, 1933. After studying up to class XII in Telugu, he joined BA in Andhra University and became a versatile with literary pursuits and an NCC training, which was first introduced in India in 1950. In 1953, he joined the Delhi School of Economics with the intention of passing the civil service examination. The following year, at the first attempt, he qualified for the IPS, although he narrowly missed the IAS. So, at a very young age of 21, he began his career as a police officer.

His first major post was in Narsapur as Deputy Superintendent of Police (ASP) in 1957. Incidentally, in the same year, he was married to Sita Maha Lakshmi, who came from a wealthy and influential Kakinada family. During a 36-year career, Rangayya Naidu rose to the rank of DGP and Principal Secretary (Interior) of the United PA (1988-91) until he voluntarily retired in April 1991 and gets into politics.

Interestingly, his three sons-in-law are all officers of All India Services – KV Rao and MVG Bhanu (both IAS) and MV Krishna Rao (IPS). After his political tenure, Rangayya Naidu established the Lakshmi Rangayya Naidu Charitable Trust and was involved in various social service activities and led by his son, PV Sitarama Swami Naidu.

Rangayya Naidu took advantage of the pandemic period to revisit his life. To write the story, he was helped by his grandson, Ven Maddala, an entrepreneur, who painstakingly wrote down the dictations spread over two years to piece together the highly informative autobiographical work, which is full of anecdotes and incidents and also has many memorable images. in the course of his life.

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