The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library Renamed, Sparks Controversy

The renaming of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) has ignited a fierce debate between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the opposition Congress. While the Congress accuses the government of distorting the legacy of India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, the BJP has retaliated with allegations of dynastic politics.

A Historic Institution Gets a New Name

The NMML, located on Teen Murti Marg in central Delhi, has been officially renamed as the Prime Ministers’ Museum and Library Society. This decision was made in June this year.

The building, formerly known as Flagstaff House during the British Raj, served as the residence of the Commander-in-chief of British forces. After Independence, it became the official residence of Prime Minister Nehru and was later converted into a library and museum following his death.

In recent years, the Modi government established the Pradhanmantri Sangrahalaya on the premises to document the achievements of all the prime ministers, starting from Nehru to the current Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. This museum was inaugurated last year.

Controversial Remarks on Twitter

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh took to Twitter to express his views on the renaming. He stated, “From today, an iconic institution gets a new name. The world-renowned Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) becomes PMML-Prime Ministers’ Memorial Museum and Library.”

Ramesh accused Prime Minister Modi of being insecure about Nehru’s legacy, claiming that Modi has consistently attempted to deny, distort, defame, and destroy Nehru and his legacy. He criticized the renaming as an act of pettiness.

Bitter Exchange between Congress and BJP

In response to Ramesh’s remarks, BJP spokesperson Shehzad Poonawalla released a video message accusing the Congress of prioritizing its own family over the nation. Poonawalla questioned the Congress’ opposition to a museum that would honor the achievements of all prime ministers, stating that it reflects their mindset of putting their family above the people.

The controversy surrounding the renaming of the NMML has become a battleground for political parties ahead of the general elections next year.

Conclusion

The renaming of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library as the Prime Ministers’ Museum and Library Society has sparked a heated exchange between the BJP and Congress. While the Congress accuses the government of distorting Nehru’s legacy, the BJP retaliates by claiming that the opposition is prioritizing their own family over the nation. This controversy highlights the ongoing political battle between the two parties in the run-up to the general elections.

  • The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library has been officially renamed as the Prime Ministers’ Museum and Library Society.
  • The Congress accuses the government of distorting Nehru’s legacy, while the BJP alleges dynastic politics.
  • The controversy has become a battleground for political parties ahead of the general elections next year.

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