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Jairam Ramesh credits Haksar for transforming Indira Gandhi

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Senior Jairam Ramesh today lauded former P N for his courage in pointing out to then her wrongs and transforming her into an 'Iron lady.'

Seeking to draw a parallel between Haskar and the present of Narendra Modi, Ramesh said he could not imagine Nripendra Misra raising 'unfavourable queries' to Modi.

"I am sorry to make a comment on the present dispensation at the Centre. But I would like to do it.. I cannot imagine Nripendra Misra, to Prime Minister, asking him any query on Jashodaben (Modi's wife).

Modi can never have a P N Haksar," he said replying to a query during a conversation on his latest book "Intertwined Lives: PN and Indira Gandhi" here.

was a celebrated Indian and best known for his six-year stint as Indira Gandhi's

Ramesh recalled that Haksar was the most influential and powerful civil servant "who had the courage to bring to notice Indira Gandhi's wrongs."

The former union minister also credited Haksar for his role in transforming into an "Iron Lady of "

"It is quite evident from her bold decisions with regard to nationalisation of banks, abolition of privy purses and princely privileges, the Indo-Soviet Treaty, the creation of and and agreements with

Haksar played a pivotal role in these decisions," he said.

On Haksar's soured relationship with Sanjay Gandhi, Ramesh said both drifted apart in 70s because the former disagreed over Sanjay's Maruti project.

"Haksar believed did not need a passenger car, but stronger public transport and two-wheelers," he said.

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First Published: Thu, July 12 2018. 22:20 IST