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    Default SHRI VISHWANATH PRATAP SINGH Former Prime Minister of India Expired

    Breaking News: Former Prime Minister V.P Singh Expired Today. He was 77.



    Vishwanath Pratap Singh, Ex-Prime Minister, poet and painter, is a Renaissance man. They tend to emerge as political figures in changing times. Two of the most prominent in India’s past are Jawaharlal Nehru and Winston Churchill. They were both on different sides over the question of Indian independence. Both, however, found themselves on the same side, during World War II, committed to fighting Hitler’s fascism.

    This tells us something about the men of destiny in politics in our times and also about fascism. Such people have to carry a broader vision with them than day-to-day politics require. This broader vision is all the more necessary as ours is a period of history with events going backwards and forwards in an upredictable manner.

    Also there are long periods when contending forces stand eyeball-to-eyeball, posing a challenge to all who live through it. The enterprising find avenues of success in them and the unenterprising, the fog of confusion. At the same time they have to be firm in their convictions so as to put up a determined fight for what they believe in. V.P. Singh clearly belongs to this category.
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    Raja of Manda

    principality of Deogarh in Rajasthan, which had its own school of art. He was born to privilege at a time when that privilege was about to come to an end. So his birth was as much a hindrance for him as an advantage in his life. Economically, the country was steeped in depression. If we take the wholesale price index 1873 as 100, it has fallen from 203 in 1929 to 171 in 1930, 127 in 1931, and only 103 in 1934. Obviously, it was a period of enormous distress. But this economic collapse of the colonial state had a brighter side to it. The hard—pressed peasantry, especially of Avadh, not only rose up in resistance against the colonial intermediaries but took up the agenda of ridding itself of colonial rule altogether.



    Indeed, perceptive people living in the area, like Munshi Prem Chand, of Lamhi village, near Varanasi, had already understood this climate of revolt. In his novel, Rangbhoomi of 1925, he shows that not only was the peasantry in a state of ferment, but members of the zamindar families too were not untouched by the winds of change. In fact, the younger generation both among the zamindars and the industrialists were being forced to look beyond their colonial mentors and come to terms with the emerging order. And they found a willing ally in the Indian National Congress. So, in many ways, the life and career of the young V.P. Singh can be found in flashes in the works of Prem Chand. This shows him to be a man of his times. It explains both his success and the dilemmas that forced him to reject office time and again.
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    Leadership : Manda to India

    Of course, things develop over time and have their own process of unravelling. The process of struggling for Indian independence was no exception. The historian Sumit Sarkar has described the period of V.P. Singh’s birth and early childhood as “full of complex and often contradictory developments”. Indeed they were.



    If on the one hand colonial Britain unleashed a reign of terror, putting Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, and Sukhdev to death after the shameful staging of a travesty of a trial, the people, on the other hand, hit back with devastating force. 1931 saw a spate of terrorist violence, with no less than recorded in that year. Nine people were killed, including two district magistrates. One of these was killed at Commilla by two schoolgirls in their teens.

    In this state of affairs, the jamidaris were like boats adrift, and Daiya and Manda, the estates into which V.P. Singh was born and adopted as heir, were no exception.
    V.P. Singh describes his adoption as heir to Manda in no uncertain terms: “I felt very insecure inside and my problem was how to be accepted? I felt I had to belong. I had to fake it or I had to do something and respond to the world of others.”



    But it was not in his nature to do the done things and stop at that. Appropriation without his own labour being involved in the process did not appeal to him. Whatever he does, he does wholeheartedly. This goes for his art, social work and politics.
    He first applied himself in becoming the real leader of the people of Manda by donating large tracts of land to the Bhoodan movement. He got a road to Manda built with volunteer labour in which he participated himself. He also built a school in Koraon, carrying the bricks on his head and got Vinoba Bhave to lay its foundation stone. He continued to teach in the school after the building was completed.



    Winning over the confidence of the people by his actions and not merely relying on the accident of birth has made V. P. Singh the very different person that he is. Having earned the respect of his people, he entered politics. He became an MLA, then chief minister of UP, a cabinet minister at the Centre and then the Prime Minister of India. In politics too, he showed sensitivity and a sense of responsibility by resigning from the post of the chief ministership of UP, his cabinet post of defence minister on issues of conscience. And not to remain silent, or to vacillate when time and circumstance called for a change, is something we cannot avoid seeing in the series of refusals that characterize his life.
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    Brought up as a single child guarded by two gunmen, with guardians and tutors to educate him, it was evident that V. P. Singh was to develop an affinity to the written word and the visual forms of things around him. This helped to develop both the poet and the artist in him. In his poetry, we find him reflecting on the ambiguities of his situation.He says in his poems, “Anonymous”:







    Here, one can sense the pain of an individual astride two horses. At the same time, his candour reflects the sense of confidence of a younger brother who became the heir to a larger estate and later the prime minister of his country.


    In yet another poem of his “Soot”, we see another move forward: Here we see a man’s clear cut commitment to the working class, a commitment that was once shrouded in the cloudy Gandhian concepts of social trusteeship and charity in his life.

    Indeed, it is no accident that while he has never come out openly to campaign for the CPI (M) in his home constituency of Meja (of which Manda is a part) as he has done in West Bengal or even in Mirzapur in U.P., for the last two terms it has been represented by a CPI (M) candidate. The poet has not failed to note this. He welcomes this change. He has come a long way from the days when he was an idealistic Bhoodan activist.
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    Default The Painter

    Vishwanth Pratap Singh began his artistic career by becoming an accomplished photographer. His process of development began as a ‘camera shikari’. Starting with a box camera, he shot images of flowers, animals, people and landscapes. Later he picked up more sophisticated cameras and even made home movies. He could have stopped at that, given his other interests. But it is characteristic of him that he did not. Nor was he cut out to be merely an appropriator and a consumer. He has constantly developed in stature as a participator.






    His approach to his art was the same. Beginning with the pencil sketches, as most people do, he did not stop at them. He found a teacher at Allahabad who instructed him in the painstaking process of wash painting and the studied figuration of Bengal school. To this day the element of romantic symbols and its dreamy landscapes and figures survive in his work.

    “I liked the effect,’ he says, “but it lacked the spontaniety of expression I was looking for. The distortions of the figures too were too conventional and stereotyped for my taste”.






    This brought him to the study of oils. His real tryst with paintings began when it was detected that he had myeloma. He again worked on portraits of animals around him and a few landscapes, apart from surrealistic work. His works caught the eye of a connoisseur of naive art, Harsh Goenka. He was asked by him to participate in an exhibition in Mumbai for which he did a work he called “Bombay my foot!” It shows a beggar’s foot being about to be crushed by a well-heeled one.
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    Default Former PM VP Singh dies at Delhi's Apollo Hospital

    Former prime minister V P Singh, who formed the first non-Congress coalition government at the Centre dethroning Rajiv Gandhi-led Congress in the 1989 elections, died here on Thursday after a prolonged illness.

    Battling blood cancer since 1991 and suffering from renal failure, 77-year-old Singh, also known as 'Raja of Manda', breathed his last at the Apollo Hospital here in the afternoon, his close associate Wasim Ahmad said.
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