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Nehru Memorial Museum and Library renamed- BJP & Congress argues

Political controversy and verbal exchange between the Congress and the BJP ensued after the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) Society, an autonomous body under the Government of India, announced on Friday that the institution would be renamed the "Prime Ministers Museum and Library Society."

After the Pradhanmantri Sangrahalaya was established on the grounds of the Teen Murti Bhavan, which served as Jawaharlal Nehru's official residence during his first term as prime minister, the Society decided to change its name over a year ago.

In his speech, Singh described prime ministers as an institution and compared their tenures to the many colors of a rainbow, emphasizing that "all the colors of a rainbow have to be proportionately represented to make it beautiful. Thus, the resolution is democratic in nature, has a new name, and shows respect for all of our prior prime leaders."

Mallikarjuna Kharge, the president of the Congress, charged that the BJP was attempting to erase "the history of others as it had no history of its own" as soon as the decision was made. J.P. Nadda, his counterpart in the BJP, responded by accusing the Congress of having "political indigestion, the inability to accept a simple fact that there are leaders from beyond one dynasty that has shaped and aided our country.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Culture on Friday, the decision to rename the institution and drop the name of late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was made at the NMML Society will hold a special gathering on Thursday. The meeting was presided over by the Society's vice president, Rajnath Singh.

Jairam Ramesh, a senior lawmaker, and spokesperson for the Congress, criticized the Centre in a tweet and claimed that NMML has been a treasure trove of books and records and a significant intellectual landmark worldwide.

Jairam Ramesh tweeted, "Pettiness & Vengeance, thy name is Modi. The Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (NMML) has served as a global intellectual landmark and treasure trove of books and records for more than 59 years. The Prime Ministers Museum & Society will be its new name. What won't Mr. Modi do to misrepresent, denigrate, and undermine the reputation and legacy of the person who created the Indian nation-state? The so-called Vishwaguru is a little, frail man who suffers from paralysing worries.

Manish Tewari, a senior member of Congress, responded to the museum's renaming by saying that changing a building's name does not erase a legacy.

Tewari tweeted in response to a news article that he had retweeted, "I wish those who want to erase Jawahar Lal Nehru's contribution to the freedom struggle & the construction of Modern India would once read Discovery of India & Glimpses of World History to fathom the depth of Nehru." Building renamings don't erase legacies. 

According to Mr. Nadda as well, the Congress' criticism of the measure is "ironic considering their party's only contribution is to erase the legacies of all previous PMs to ensure that only the legacy of one family survives," he said in a series of tweets. The portion of the Museum of Prime Ministers devoted to India's first PM Nehru had not been changed, he continued, and all Prime Ministers "got respect" there.

"This is how intolerance looks. These folks have even left Dhritarashtra behind since they are so absorbed in a family's sycophancy! When someone mentions recognizing all of India's past prime ministers, followers of one family become enraged, he wrote in a Tweet.

Neeraj Shekhar, a member of the BJP in the Rajya Sabha and the son of the late Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar, who is also honored in the Museum of Prime Ministers, criticized the Congress for its "horrible attitude" and demanded that it change. He wrote in a tweet that his father "always worked for the national interest" but that Congress is only able to perceive one dynasty at a time.

Interestingly, despite receiving an invitation from the government, no member of the Nehru-Gandhi family attended the ceremony for the inauguration. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, and Rajiv Gandhi are three members of the Nehru-Gandhi family who have held the office of Indian Prime Minister in the past.

The Nehru Museum building has been extensively updated with cutting-edge exhibits on the life and contributions of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. The museum, which has seen a lot of foot traffic, is a seamless blend that starts there. The museum, which is situated in a brand-new building, goes on to explain how our Prime Ministers helped the nation navigate a number of challenges and ensure that overall progress was being made.





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