Apropos of Vir Sanghvi’s article Chandrashekhar: End of An Era (Counterpoint, July 15) whether or not the media ignored the death of the former Prime Minister, he definitely will not be considered an unsung hero. Chandrashekhar made a niche for himself in history. Sanghvi didn’t mention the way he dealt with the situation in the country after Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated. Without looking for political mileage, he prevented the country from burning again. He was a politician, but also a decent human being at heart.
Thousands of people who knew Chandrashekhar were saddened and moved by the news of his passing away. He rose from an impoverished childhood to such high office. He was an old-style politician, anchored to his rural roots even when he headed a shaky minority government as Prime Minister for a short period in 1990-91. He will always be remembered as a straightforward politician.
Vir Sanghvi’s write-up transported readers to the times when life was a little less hurried and a little more innocent. The passing away of Chandrashekhar brings an era to an end. This down- to-earth, simple and honest politician will be missed and the void will be difficult to fill.
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