Ex-PM Chaudhary Charan Singh – a rare interview

This interview with the Prime Minister of India (28 July 1979 – 14 January 1980) was recorded by Dr. Vijay Rana at his residence in Delhi on 12 April 1985, as part of his radio series ‘100 Years of Indian National Congress’ for the BBC Hindi Service.

Charan Singh was seen as a farmer’s leader and often fought for in the interest of Indian farmers. He was a bitter critic of Nehru’s policy of urban industrial development that he believed has little scope for the farming sector to grow.

He was also a critic of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s computer revolution because he believed that the introduction of computer-based information technology will boost automation and increase unemployment in India. Time proved him wrong.

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