Art & Culture

The Prime Ministers Museum and Library Society is making headlines

  • The renaming of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) Society has sparked political debate.
  • The institution will be known as the ‘Prime Ministers Museum and Library Society’ from now on.
  • The controversy echoes the continuing discussion in India over dynastic politics.

The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) (formerly)

  • The National Museum of Modern Art (NMML) in New Delhi is an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Culture.
  • It is a significant information centre on Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister.
  • It was founded in 1964 and includes substantial archives, including Mahatma Gandhi’s writings and the personal papers of important figures like as Swami Sahajanand Saraswati, C. Rajagopalachari, and Sarojini Naidu.
  • It is housed in the magnificent Teen Murti House, the official residence of India’s first Prime Minister.
  • It consists of four primary components: a Memorial Museum, a modern India library, a Centre for Contemporary Studies, and the Nehru Planetarium.

Pradhanmantri Sangrahalaya (the Prime Minister’s Museum)

  • The NMML will open the Museum in April 2022 as a new addition to the institution.
  • It is an homage to every Prime Minister of India since independence, highlighting their contributions to the growth of the country during the previous 75 years.

Why change its name now?

  • The conference praised all former and present Prime Ministers’ achievements and stated the Society’s aim to safeguard India’s democratic path and legacy.
  • It was decided that renaming the institution would better accord with its mission.
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