Ram Khandekar, who had labored as an officer on particular obligation (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 – in addition to a bunch of family members.
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 house 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 recommend 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 close affiliate until the latter’s loss of life. Khandekar typically wrote for scores of newspapers, throwing mild on the politics and governance of these days.
In 2018, he wrote a weekly column for Loksatta primarily based on his huge expertise of over 5 many years of public life. The identical was revealed as a e-book referred to as ‘Sattechya Padchhayet’ (In the Shadow of Power) in 2019.
In his articles, Khandekar had explicitly famous that the Congress had not performed justice to Rao for his contribution to the social gathering and governance.
Former Union minister and senior Congress chief Vilas Muttemwar mentioned, “He was a really light and soft-spoken particular person and by no means rubbed anybody the improper approach regardless of being PM Rao’s trusted man. Very few may really get to meet the PM. So the general public, together with senior officers and other people’s representatives, had to accept a gathering with Khandekar, who would give them affected person listening to, be aware 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 had to typically meet him. He all the time got here throughout as a really low-profile man with none excessive ambitions.”