The NDA government on Friday set the ball rolling to bring the “Nehru papers”, presently in the custody of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, in public domain as Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh told a select gathering of academicians and historians that “all documents and literature related to Nehru should be compiled to understand his life in entirety”.
Sources in the NDA government, which started its year-long celebrations of the 125th birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru on Friday, said efforts will soon begin to bring the papers and documents presently in the custody of the Nehru-Gandhi family to public domain.
Singh said he considered Nehru as a rashtrapurush (national hero) and added that his statement is bound to lead to a hue and cry. “I think that Nehru can be understood in entirety only if all the papers and literature associated with him are compiled. There is a provision under Public Records Rule of 1997 under which we can do it,” he said.
Nobody from Nehru-Gandhi family attended the function, though Ravindra Singh, secretary, Culture Ministry, told The Indian Express that they had been invited. The only Congress representative was Mallikarjun Kharge.
A day after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said “angry” people are running the country, Rajnath said, “We should never have ill feelings towards our political opponents. We should not create any fear psychosis in people’s mind. We should not create any sense of fear by making unnecessary statements. We should create a sense of confidence among people. All political parties must work for that.”
Nehru belongs to country, not particularly party: Maneka
Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi on Friday said that Jawaharlal Nehru “belongs to the country and not to a particular political party”. She was reacting to the Congress’s criticism that the NDA government was trying to appropriate Nehru’s legacy. Maneka was speaking at the launch of the Bal Swachhta Mission by her ministry. (ENS)