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NEW DELHI, Aug 16 (PTI): With the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) officially renamed
as the Prime Ministers’ Museum and Library (PMML) Society, the Congress on Wednesday alleged
PM Narendra Modi has had a single point agenda of “denying and defaming” the Nehruvian legacy.
The opposition party asserted that despite the “relentless assault”, Jawaharlal Nehru’s legacy will
live on for the world to see and he will continue to inspire the generations to come.
In a post on X, Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh said, “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.”
“Mr Modi possesses a huge bundle of fears, complexes and insecurities, especially when it comes to
our first and longest serving Prime Minister. He has had a single point agenda of denying, distorting,
defaming and destroying Nehru and the Nehruvian legacy,” Ramesh said.
“He (Modi) has erased N and put P instead. That P is really for pettiness and peeve,” the Congress
leader said.
But he can never take away Nehru’s gigantic contributions in the freedom movement and his
towering achievements in building the democratic, secular, scientific and liberal foundations of the
Indian nation-state “all of which are now under assault by Mr Modi and his drum beaters”, Ramesh
said.
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor also hit out at the government over the renaming, saying it is a pity that
it came to this.
“I think that the idea of expanding what the building showcases to accommodate other Prime
Ministers is unexceptionable idea. In fact, it is good to encourage, children and members of the
general public to be aware of the contributions of all the prime ministers, I have no difficulty with
that.
“But in the process, it’s rather petty to take away the name of the first Prime Minister who led the
interim government, who was Prime Minister upon independence, who is so far the longest-serving
prime minister. You could have continued calling it the Nehru Memorial Prime Ministers Museum
and Library,” the former union minister said
“This pettiness is unfortunate and it shows a certain bitterness towards our own historical past
which, I believe, is not worthy of a government that has such a good majority. They should show big-
heartedness that you expect from a government with a big majority,” Tharoor told reporters on the
sidelines of an event in Thiruvananthapuram.
At a press conference at the AICC headquarters here, Congress spokesperson Supriya Shrinate
alleged the government is full of contradictions both political and ideological.
“The reality is that each time Mr Modi goes to Mahatma Gandhi (memorial) and bows before him, it
proves the point that Gandhi is our biggest identity and all those who defame the Mahatma, all
those who eulogise Godse, you stand with them Mr Modi. Your bulldozer in Varanasi razes decades-
old Mahatma Gandhi and JP buildings and you want to bow before the Mahatma,” she said,
attacking the prime minister.
“As far as Nehru ji is concerned, he was independent India’s first PM and unlike Mr. Modi he did not
cry foul. The country was coming out of 200 years of British colonial rule, he got down straight away
to building India, he laid the foundation for IITs, AIIMS, IIMs, ISRO, institutions like that which have
held us in good stead,” she said in response to a question.
Undermining Pandit Nehru by changing the memorial or library that had his name, shows nothing
but their own insecurities, Shrinate said.
“You (Modi) are a man who is full of insecurities because you know jolly well that you have done
nothing in the last nine-and-a-half years by which history will remember you,” the Congress
spokesperson said.

History is created, it is never changed or converted, she added.
“History was created by Indira (Gandhi) ji when she ensured that Pakistan was divided into two and
she ensured that Bangladesh was born. You can keep saying what you (Modi) want but reality is that
you have done zilch to create history,” Shrinate said.
Congress MP Manickam Tagore also slammed the government over the name change, saying “hate
against Nehruji” is a “well known element of RSS/BJS/BJP/Narendra Modi”.
“PM Shastri ji created…VP Radhakrishnanji inaugurated. Narendra Modi closed it. Nehru ji lives in
the hearts of INDIA,” he said in an X post.
The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library has officially been renamed as the Prime Ministers’
Museum and Library Society with effect from August 14, the vice chairman of the PMML executive
council said in a post on ‘X’ on Tuesday.
“Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) is now Prime Ministers Museum and Library (PMML)
Society w.e.f August 14, 2023- in tune with the democratisation and diversification of the remit of
the society. Happy Independence Day! @narendramodi, @rajnathsingh @MinOfCultureGoI,” the
post read. It also had a picture of the Teen Murti House.
In mid-June, in a special meeting of the NMML Society, it was resolved to change its name to PMML
Society.
The renaming had prompted sharp criticism from the Congress. The Teen Murti Bhavan had served
as the official residence of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

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