Visiting Senior Fellow, Praveen Chakravarty, moderated a panel at the Tata Literature Live, 2016 at the Prithvi Theater in Mumbai on November 20, between authors Sanjaya Baru and Vinay Sitapati, and Former Union Minister of Finance Mr. P. Chidambaram on the legacy of India's 9th Prime Minister Mr. P.V. Narasimha Rao.
Baru and Sitapati laid out a strong case for greater acknowledgement of the achievements of Narasimha Rao for ushering in the landmark economic reforms in 1991 and changing the course of Indian history. They argued that the Congress party has not given Rao the credit he deserved for his vital contributions and ignored his legacy. Chidambaram countered this claim by arguing that Rao made not just a one-off error in judgement but a fatal flaw by ignoring all the signs leading up the Babri Masjid demolition, failing to take preventative action and inflicting lasting damage not just for the party but the social fabric of the country as a whole.