Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has written a hard-hitting letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi warning him on the Centre’s plans to set up a a national museum for all prime ministers in the Teen Murti Bhawan complex in Delhi.
Singh’s letter comes after the Congress vehemently opposed the BJP-led central government’s idea saying that introducing other PMs may dilute the legacy of Nehru.
In his letter, Singh advised Modi to “respect this sentiment and keep Teen Murti as a memorial to our first Prime Minister Pandit Nehru and leave the Teen Murti complex undisturbed as it is.”
Here’s the full text of Manmohan Singh’s letter to PM Modi;
Respected Prime Minister,
The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) is dedicated to the memory of India’s first Prime Minister and prime architect of the Indian nation-state who left behind and indelible imprint on our country and indeed on the world. His distinctiveness and greatness have been acknowledged even by his political opponents and rivals. I recall that during the six-year tenure of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji as Prime Minister, there was absolutely no attempt made to change the nature and character of the NMML and the Teen Murti complex in anyway. But sadly, that seems to be part of the agenda of the Government of India now.
The NMML must remain a centre of first-rate scholarship and professional excellence. The museum itself must retain its primary focus on Jawaharlal Nehru and the freedom movement because of his unique role having spent almost ten years in jail between the early 1920 and mid-1940s. No amount of revisionism can obliterate that role and his contributions.
As Atal Bihari Vajpayeeji himself said in his moving speech to Parliament when Panditji passed away: “Such a resident may never grace Teen Murti again. That vibrant personality, that attitude of taking even the opposition along, that refined gentlemanliness, that greatness we may not again see in the near future. In spite of a difference of opinion we have nothing but respect for his great ideals, his integrity, his love for the country and his indomitable courage.”
Let us respect this sentiment and keep Teen Murti as a memorial to our first Prime Minister Pandit Nehru and leave the Teen Murti complex undisturbed as it is. This way we will be respecting both history and heritage.
Jawaharlal Nehru belongs not just to the Congress but to the entire nation. It is in this spirit that I have written to you.
With warm regards