N. P. K. Salve
|President of BCCI|
|Preceded by||S. K. Wankhede|
|Succeeded by||S. Sriraman|
|Minister of Power|
|Prime Minister||P. V. Narasimha Rao|
|Preceded by||Kalyan Singh Kalvi|
|Succeeded by||H. D. Deve Gowda|
Narendra Kumar Salve
18 March 1921
Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh, India
|Died||1 April 2012 (aged 91)|
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|Profession||Chartered Accountant, politician, cricket administrator|
Narendra Kumar Prasadrao Salve (18 March 1921 – 1 April 2012) was a veteran Indian politician from Indian National Congress, parliamentarian and a cricket administrator. Former Union minister and president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) (1982–1985), he was instrumental in bringing the Cricket World Cup outside England and to the Indian subcontinent in 1987. Salve was a staunch advocate for the separate statehood of Vidarbha.
N. K. P. Salve was born in Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh, on 18 March 1921 to Christian parents Prasadrao Keshavrao Salve and Cornelia Karuna Jadhav. His father was a lawyer and freedom fighter hailed from Ujjain and his Marathi mother was a renowned scholar and freedom fighter. Narendra's grand-father Keshavrao Salve.
Salve received B.Com. and F.C.A. degrees. He was a Chartered Accountant and was also an avid cricketer at college.
A chartered accountant by profession, he played club cricket in Nagpur in his early years, and remained an umpire in the following years. He remained President of Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) (1972–1980), and in 1982 the president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), a post he held till 1985 as the former President of India Pranab Mukherjee forwarded his name for that post. It was during his tenure that India won the 1983 Cricket World Cup, plus he managed to get joint hosting right for the 1987 Cricket World Cup for India and Pakistan. In 1983, he also became the first elected chairman of the Asian Cricket Council. In recognition to services to Cricket, the BCCI started the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy in 1995, named after him.
He remained a member of the Lower House, Lok Sabha (1967–1977) from Betul (Lok Sabha constituency) and that of Upper House of Indian Parliament, Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra state for four consecutive terms, from 1978 to 2002. He was the chairman of the Privileges Committee of the Lok Sabha from 1975 to 1977.
He left his accountancy practice when he first appointed a Union cabinet minister in 1982, under Indira Gandhi. After that he again remained Union Minister of State under two more Prime Ministers, Rajiv Gandhi and followed by P. V. Narasimha Rao, working Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Steel and Mines, Parliamentary Affairs and Power. He also remained chairman of the 9th Finance Commission of India (1984–89).
Subsequently, he shifted to Nagpur, where in 2003, along with former central cabinet minister Vasant Sathe, he formed the Vidarbha Rajya Nirman Congress to push the demand for a separate Vidarbha state.
He died at a Delhi private hospital on 1 April 2012, following a brief illness. Thereafter his body was flown into his native Nagpur, where he was given a state funeral, before being buried at a local Christian cemetery, the following day.
His son, lawyer Harish Salve served as the Solicitor General of India from 1999 to 2002, while his daughter is Arundhati. His wife died a few years prior to him.