chetak wrote:his legacy was salvaged much later because the mafia family ensured that it was purposely sullied and defiled.
he was the butt of jokes because of the lootyens and the congi mafia family controlled liberandus and presstitutes, words that were not even in existence at the time of PVNR.
This is the "it is the black cat's fault" argument. As Deng said, it doesn't matter if the cat is black or white, it only matters if it catches mice. We pay the price of the elected leadership's failure to implement policy and keep that policy stability in place.
You're making the mistake of comparing two people with radically different skill sets and judging one of them negatively. One was career New Delhi insider who took the chance he got to implement one thing, and avoid doing anything about another - both very good choices - and then was smart enough to know his own limits.
PVNR is closest to ABV in that regard, though ABV had leadership and base that PVNR lacked. Both had their legacies broken by weak continuity. Neither comes anywhere close to Modi's leadership skillset.
A leader needs to legislate and execute policy (since he heads both legislature and executive), set the groundwork within the political system to continue that policy set, and have the ability to keep the confidence of the populace at election. Long term change comes from leaders with that triple skill set. This is true anywhere - Deng in China, Tage Erlander in Sweden, Konrad Adenauer in Germany, and elsewhere.
It's the same as the example of the good worker who performs within his limitations, and the one who knows how to run the system and gets promoted. They're not comparable entities to begin with. The only Indian national leaders who demonstrated that skillset are JLN and IG, though neither built a base organically.
PVNR is an entirely different kind of PM, whose comparable peers are MMS and ABV, against whom he compares favourably. Arguably as good as ABV and way better than MMS. Perhaps MMS doesn't qualify in this category at all - his only calling card is that he served two full terms, at least on paper. But for that he gets to be compared with Fumble Harmer and IKG.