NEHRU MEMORIAL RENAMED
RENAMING TOOK ON 15TH AUGUST
The NMML Society renamed itself the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML). In a special meeting in mid-June, it renamed itself the Prime Ministers’ Museum and Library (PMML) Society. The name change took effect on August 15.
DESCRIBING LEGACY OVER THE YEARS
The Prime Ministers’ Museum and Library (PMML) will incorporate the legacy of all the prime ministers of India. The NMML Society finalized the name change on August 15, 2023. The General Body of the NMML Society took the first step towards the name change on June 15, 2023. They are required by law to hold two meetings with a gap of one month before implementing a name change. The General Body met again on July 18, 2023, and reiterated their decision to change the name. They then submitted the name change to the Registrar of Societies.
THE OPPOSITION REACTS
Rahul Gandhi, a leader of the Congress party, criticized the government on Thursday for renaming the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library. He said that the former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru is known for his accomplishments, not just his name.
The Congress party has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of trying to erase the legacy of Jawaharlal Nehru.
Congress leaders Jairam Ramesh and Manickam Tagore have criticized the government’s decision to rename the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library to the Prime Ministers’ Museum and Library Society. Ramesh said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has “erased” the name of Jawaharlal Nehru by replacing the “N” with a “P,” and that this is a sign of Modi’s “petty” and “vindictive” nature. Tagore said that the name change is part of a larger pattern of the BJP government trying to “erase” the Nehruvian legacy.
BJP RESPONDS TO THE OPPOSITION
BJP MP Ravi Shankar Prasad responded to the criticism from the Congress party. He said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a respectful position to all the prime ministers of India at the museum. The Congress party according to him only cares about Jawaharlal Nehru and his family. Modi is giving all prime ministers their due respect. Prasad pointed out that the museum had not previously represented Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Morarji Desai, Chaudhary Charan Singh, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, IK Gujral, and HD Deve Gowda, but will now do so.