Nehru papers to come in public domain

'Nehru papers', are presently in the custody of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, in public domain.

Written by Vijaita Singh | New Delhi | Updated: November 15, 2014 3:14 am

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)

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    A C
    Nov 15, 2014 at 8:41 am
    All of the Indian national leaders left their writings and doents of legacy to the nation , especially Mahatma left nothing to his family , their families were magnanimous in accepting and not claiming the ownership . This is not true in the rest of the world , the great US civil right leader the other the other hi of i U S A , REV Martin Luther 's family still clings to his papers and deprived the world free access with copy right restrictions. We all should extend our graude for allowing free access to all of us .
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      Akbar Khan
      Nov 15, 2014 at 2:57 am
      Publications Division of the Government of India's Ministry of Information & Broadcating, used to have the copyright for all speeches delivered by Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira hi, and Rajiv hi, in their capacity as Prime Minister of India. At some point in time, the copyright, in books published by the Publications Division containing this material, mysteriously changed to stand in the name of Sonia hi (nee Antonia Maino). This needs to be investigated. All the notings and orders on file in this respect should be searched out and kept safe. Royalties that flowed to Sonia hi as a result of the change in copyright, from Government of India to a private individual, at considerable recurring cost to the nation, must also be estimated.
      1. M
        Nov 15, 2014 at 4:47 pm
        Is there something to hide in those papers? Or why would the large hearted, secular family attempt to usurp the legacy and the papers?