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Modi govt kicks off Nehru anniversary celebration, Nehru-Gandhi family skips Rajnath’s event

We celebrated Nehru's 125th birth anniversary as he was the first PM of India, Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma said.

Written by Vijaita Singh | New Delhi | Updated: November 14, 2014 2:23 pm
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with students at QUT. (Source: Twitter @PMOIndia) Prime Minister Narendra Modi with students at QUT. (Source: Twitter @PMOIndia)

The NDA government kick started its year-long celebrations of the 125th birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru – the first Prime Minister of India – with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh addressing a select crowd of academicians and historians at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library in Delhi. Nobody from Nehru-Gandhi family attended the function, even though Ravindra Singh, secretary, culture ministry told the Indian Express that invites did go out to the family. The sole representative from the Congress party was its leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge.

PM Narendra Modi wrote this message on the Agro robot at QUT. PM Narendra Modi wrote this message on the Agro robot at QUT.

The programmed arranged by NMML, an autonomous body under the Ministry of Culture, also had a collage of the first Union Cabinet of India with detailed profiles of leaders like Shyama Prasad Mookerjee, the founder of Bhartiya Jan Singh, which later went on to become the present Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP).

Culture minister Mahesh Sharma said, “Nehru’s legacy is not owned by any one family. We celebrated his 125th birth anniversary as he was the first PM of India.”

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Rajnath Singh said though he did not agree with Nehru’s policy on Jammu and Kashmir as well as China, his foreign policy vis-a-vis the western countries were commendable.

“The RSS was banned in 1947 but Nehru invited the Sangh leaders for food programmes and even for the Republic Day parade in 1963. He was inclusive, ” said Singh who inaugurated the NMML function in absence of PM Narendra Modi, who is the chairman of the autonomous body. “In fact the idea to celebrate the anniversary was PM Modi’s only,” he said.

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The NDA government kick started its year-long celebrations of the 125th birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru – the first Prime Minister of India – with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh addressing a select crowd of academicians and historians at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library in Delhi. Nobody from Nehru-Gandhi family attended the function, even though Ravindra Singh, secretary, culture ministry told the Indian Express that invites did go out to the family. The sole representative from the Congress party was its leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge.

The programmed arranged by NMML, an autonomous body under the Ministry of Culture also had a collage of the first Union Cabinet of India with detailed profiles of leaders like Shyama Prasad Mookerjee, the founder of Bhartiya Jan Singh, which later went on to become the present Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP).

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Culture minister Mahesh Sharma said, “Nehru’s legacy is not owned by any one family. We celebrated his 125th birth anniversary as he was the first PM of India.”

Rajnath Singh said though he did not agree with Nehru’s policy on Jammu and Kashmir as well as China, his foreign policy vis-a-vis the western countries were commendable.

“The RSS was banned in 1947 but Nehru invited the Sangh leaders for food programmes and even for the Republic Day parade in 1963. He was inclusive, ” said Singh who inaugurated the NMML function in absence of PM Narendra Modi, who is the chairman of the autonomous body. “In fact the idea to celebrate the anniversary was PM Modi’s only,” he said.

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    Anuradha Kalhan
    Nov 14, 2014 at 5:04 pm
    1.2 billion people did not vote for Mr Modi only 33% of the voters did and in a democracy they are allowed to think and act differently from you. That is not a disrespect to the PM or to you.
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      Anuradha Kalhan
      Nov 14, 2014 at 5:08 pm
      Is this the same PM in a lab coat who believes that plastic surgeons were active in Vedic times and babies were born without wombs! This photograph tells a thousand stories to a million people.
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        Anuradha Kalhan
        Nov 14, 2014 at 5:01 pm
        The Congress has finally woken up to the need to celebrate its heroes, its glorious legacy and its faith in liberal democracy. It has to stop pretending that BJP is a force of democracy in the country. To be blindly inclusive is ridiculous and farcical .Nehru was perhaps too much of a dreamer and too much of a gentleman in hind sight.
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          Mohan aimurikar.
          Nov 14, 2014 at 2:10 pm
          We may differ with some commissions or omissions of Mahatmaji orPandit Nehru or for that matter any great person. That doesn't mean we should not respect his greatness. Petty politics should not come in the way.Pm.Modi has taken the right step to celebrate Nehru's birth day.Congress trying to politicize the event for fear of losing their relevance.
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            Diva
            Nov 14, 2014 at 10:03 am
            There is something gravely wrong if the Prime Minister of the country is not welcome to meetings on national importance.Its not for congress or BJP but it is for PM to do some introspection.
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