Seventy-five-year-old P V Ranga Rao is the eldest son of former Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao. Of his three sons—Ranga Rao, Rajeshwar Rao and Prabhakar Rao— eldest Rao had been the most outspoken. He remained a committed bachelor ever since the tragic death of girl, whom he loved most, in an accident.
He had often been known in state political circles as a maverick that always lets his heart rule his head. After his father rapped him on the knuckles for the means he adopted to oust Kasu Brahmananda Reddy, he decided to sever all ties with him.
His mother's death in 1970 came as a big blow to Ranga Rao, who started the Satyamma Narasimha Rao Memorial College in Hyderabad in her honour. A dedicated son, he literally worships his mother and harbours a feeling that his father had neglected the family.
He remained committed to his decision to keep distance from his father for well over a decade. It was only in 1985, when Narasimha Rao was HRD minister under Rajiv Gandhi, he decided to bury the hatchet with his father.
In the interim—when Narasimha Rao distanced himself from his eldest son—Ranga Rao was sought after by his father's detractors for anti-Rao statements in the Telugu press. The gossip mill also worked overtime during these 12 years.
Ranga Rao (affectionately known among his close friends as Ranganna) does not wish to talk anymore about the past. He seems to have had a change of heart ever since his father, as prime minister, spent 24 hours in Hyderabad while the eldest son was undergoing a bypass surgery.
For all his quirks, Ranga Rao is not guilty of having used his father's position to further his interests. He prefers to stay out of the limelight and is interested in literature and the performing arts.
He had a brief stint as Education Minister during Kotla Vijayabhaskara Reddy's Cabinet.
Ranga Rao, who was born at Vangara passed away on Wednesday due to heart-related complications.