Ram Khandekar, who had labored as an officer on particular responsibility (OSD) to former prime minister PV Narasimha Rao, died after extended sickness right here late on Tuesday night time. He was 87.
Khandekar is survived by his son Mukul, daughter-in-law Sangeeta and two grandchildren – Gaurang and Janhavi – apart from a number of kin.
Earlier, Khandekar had labored as the private secretary to former Maharashtra chief minister and former defence minister late YB Chavan. Later, he had additionally labored with former Union minister late Vasant Sathe, from 1980 to 1985.
When Rao was defeated in Hamankonda in his residence state of Andhra Pradesh however elected from the Ramtek Lok Sabha constituency in Vidarbha in 1985, he wanted somebody reliable to take care of his constituency. So, he requested Sathe to counsel somebody. Sathe really useful Khandekar to Rao.
When Rao grew to become the prime minister in 1991, he appointed Khandekar as his OSD. Khandekar remained Rao’s shut affiliate until the latter’s demise. Khandekar typically wrote for scores of newspapers, throwing gentle on the politics and governance of these days.
In 2018, he wrote a weekly column for Loksatta based mostly on his huge expertise of over 5 many years of public life. The identical was revealed as a e-book known as ‘Sattechya Padchhayet’ (Within the Shadow of Energy) in 2019.
In his articles, Khandekar had explicitly famous that the Congress had not performed justice to Rao for his contribution to the celebration and governance.
Former Union minister and senior Congress chief Vilas Muttemwar stated, “He was a really mild and soft-spoken particular person and by no means rubbed anybody the mistaken manner regardless of being PM Rao’s trusted man. Only a few might really get to satisfy the PM. So most people, together with senior officers and folks’s representatives, needed to accept a gathering with Khandekar, who would give them affected person listening to, word down their factors and put it up for motion earlier than the PM. I used to be the Lok Sabha Parliamentary Board secretary then. So I needed to typically meet him. He all the time got here throughout as a really low-profile man with none excessive ambitions.”