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Swapan Dasgupta likely to head Nehru memorial

Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma declined to confirm or deny the appointment and said a decision will be taken “shortly”.

Written by Sheela Bhatt | New Delhi | Published:January 13, 2016 3:22 am
Official sources said as Director of NMML, Dasgupta will enjoy the status of a Minister of State. Official sources said as Director of NMML, Dasgupta will enjoy the status of a Minister of State.

Commentator Swapan Dasgupta is likely to be appointed Director of the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (NMML) in New Delhi. He is currently a member of the NMML Society which is presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

When Dasgupta was reached for comment, he said: “I don’t know.”

Official sources said as Director of NMML, Dasgupta will enjoy the status of a Minister of State. “The government is in the process of upgrading the status of the Director of NMML as part of its effort to make relevant the life and works of Jawaharlal Nehru,” an official said.

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Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma declined to confirm or deny the appointment and said a decision will be taken “shortly”.

Last September, Mahesh Rangarajan, appointed NMML Director by the previous UPA government, stepped down after Sharma called his appointment “unethical and illegal”.

The government accepted his resignation.