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Nehru Museum might soon have a little bit of Modi in it

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 4:05 IST

Keeping with the trend of using important days and key figures of modern India to project the government's achievements, the BJP now has plans of recasting one of Delhi's top cultural sites- the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML).

NMML, located at Teen Murti Bhavan, was actually Jawaharlal Nehru's residence. It was later turned into a museum to preserve the first PM's "personalia, memorabilia, mementos and other objects pertaining to his life and the Indian freedom movement," according to its official website.

An Economic Times report says that, "it will be recast as a museum of governance, showcasing contemporary India, including PM Narendra Modi's campaign for smart cities and Indian Space Research Organisation's unmanned flight to Mars. The museum in its new avatar will focus on the "evolution of Indian democracy".

The paper also quotes chairman of NMML, Lokesh Chandra, who says that the museum is stuck in the past and needs to exhibit India's current achievements.

Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (NMML) is under the Ministry of Culture. While its primary objective is dedicated to the objective of preserving India's anti-imperialist struggle, it was also envisioned as a world-class institution of advanced study to promotes academic research in the field of modern and contemporary history, says india.gov.in website.

First published: 2 September 2015, 10:51 IST