Manmohan Singh: the 1984 riots could have been avoided if Narsimha Rao had heard Gujral's advice

NEW DELHI: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday he said the advice of Inder Kumar Gujral to the then Interior Minister Narsimha Rao I would have avoided the massacres of 1984, if I had later heard and acted on him.

Speaking at an event organized to remember former Prime Minister IK Gujral on his 100th birth anniversary, Singh said, When the sad event of 1984 took place, Gujral ji that very evening went to the then home minister Narsimha Rao and said to him that the If that advice would have been heeded, perhaps the massacre that took place in 1984 could have been avoided. that is is grim that it is necessary for the government to call the army at the earliest.

Singh also talked about how his relationship with the former prime minister grew after the emergency period.

He was the Minister of Information and Broadcasting and had problems with some aspects of emergency management and was then transferred to the Planning Commission as Minister of State. Then I was an economic advisor to the Ministry of Finance ... thereafter our relationship grew, Singh added.

Gujral was on 12 between April 1997 and March 1998 and proposed the 'Gujral Doctrine' of five principles to maintain good relations with India's neighbors.

One of his most prominent periods included his role as Minister of Information and Broadcasting in June 1975 when the then Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi Emergency imposed in the country.

He was then appointed ambassador to the former USSR from 1976 to 1980, after his refusal to censor newsletters and editorials.

Gujral died due to a multiple organ failure on November 30, 2012, at the age of 92, just four days before turning 93.