Nehru Museum Memorial and Library (NMML) Society’s top body in its annual general meeting will discuss the works of leaders considered as “national icons”, such as Jan Sangh ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhayay and discuss themes related to good governance on Tuesday, reported Indian Express. Deen Dayal Upadhayay is regarded as a national icon by the current BJP government.The meeting in North Block on August 22 will be chaired by the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is the vice-president of the society.
As per the report, the officials said that besides Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Information and Broadcasting minister Smriti Irani, Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma, Opposition leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, among others, are likely to be present at the meeting.
Kharge and Ramesh are part of the NMML society and are expected to register their protest over the NDA government’s move to tinker with the legacy of Nehru. An official, quoting the agenda notes told IE that other than the annual budget and projects, the AGM is likely to deliberate on the “action-taken report” of the society for 2015-17. Moreover, it will also discuss the move to set up a “museum dedicated to all former Prime Ministers”.
According to officials, the last time the AGM meeting was conducted was in 2015 which was chaired by PM Narendra Modi, who is also the president of the society. As per IE report, an official said,”This is the 42nd AGM of the NMML society, which will not only plan out the future course of action but will also discuss ways to upgrade the museum, especially re-conceptualising the exhibitions to make it attractive to the present generation and for generations to come.”
According to officials, the issue that is likely to be taken up is the recast of NMML as the museum of governance, which would showcase the contemporary India, comprising PM Modi’s campaign for smart cities and ISRO’s unmanned flight to Mars.
The museum is located at Teen Murti Bhavan and was set up in the memory of Jawaharlal Nehru. It is an autonomous institution and comes under the Ministry of Culture. NMML was once the residence of India’s First Prime Minister and so the museum was solely associated with him.
Meanwhile, in an earlier interview to The Indian Express, Minister of State for Culture, Mahesh Sharma, had said that according to the NMML Constitution, “it should be used to showcase the life of Nehruji and those who had contributed to the freedom struggle or building modern India.”