Rest in Peace YSR



Dont count the years you want to live. Ask yourself how much you have done
for the society at large with whatever opportunities the Almighty has provided
you. That was the philosophy of Dr Yeduguri Sandinti Rajasekhara Reddy, the
Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh who met with a tragic end in a chopper crash on
September 3, 2009.

According to YSR, as he was popularly known, the human life is a boon
provided by the Almighty to share ones blessings with others, while serving the
less privileged human beings. A visionary who understood the strength of the new
and emerging technologies, YSR always wanted that such tech revolutions should
not go against the development of the rural economy; they should rather
strengthen the same. He wanted to transform Andhra Pradesh into a knowledge
society and make available the benefits of Information Technology to all
citizens, especially those in rural areas and those living in poverty.

It was based on this idea only he carried forward the IT revolution in Andhra
Pradesh, which was initiated by former Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. YSR
wanted Andhra Pradesh to become a leading destination for investments in ICT and
a major player in the information economy. His dream was to leverage ICT for
achieving an INFO-AGE (Inclusive, Networked, Fast, Open, Accountable, Globally
benchmarked and Efficient) government.

It was the rural-centric development vision that prompted him to take the
growth of IT& ITeS to smaller towns and tier-2 cities in the state too. The
government even offered many incentives for setting up IT units in identified
tier-2 locations. We in the IT community will surely miss his leadership whose
mission for sustainable growth and development contributed in great degree to
the development not only in the IT sector in Hyderabad but inclusive growth in
the AP region as a whole, said JA Chowdary, member, TiE Global Board of
Trustees.

A public servant who believed that he was simply a custodian of peoples
trust that is invaluable, YSRs slogan for the campaign for 2009 election was
development and the credibility. He was always committed to a balanced
approach towards giving thrust to information technology, biotechnology and all
sectors that enhance industrial and agricultural production. YSR was of the
vision that there should be transparency in whatever we do. That was why when
the Satyam scandal broke out, he boldly said it was a blot and a systemic
failure.

An astute politician and a charismatic mass leader, Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy
was a medical doctor by profession. Born on July 8, 1949, in Pulivendula in the
Rayalaseema region, he always wanted to bridge the gulf between the rich and the
poor, the privileged and the non-privileged. And it was only this vision which
landed him in politics. But sadly enough, the light went off half way throughon
way to brighten up the lives of the ones for whom he wanted to live, those
children of a lesser god.

Team DQ
maildqindia@cybermedia.co.in

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