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‘Unnecessary controversy’: Facing flak, ICHR official says other posters will have Nehru’s image

The exclusion of Nehru's image from the poster of the 'Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav' celebrations by the ICHR has triggered a controversy with opposition parties slamming the government for it.

By: PTI | New Delhi |
Updated: August 29, 2021 9:16:57 pm
The exclusion of Jawaharlal Nehru's image from the poster of the 'Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav' celebrations by the ICHR has triggered a controversy with opposition parties. (Archive)

Facing flak from opposition parties for excluding Jawaharlal Nehru from a poster celebrating the 75th year of independence, the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) said the controversy over the issue is “unnecessary” as other posters being released in the coming days will feature India’s first prime minister.

“We are not trying to undermine anyone’s role in the movement,” a top ICHR official said, dismissing criticism on the issue, and added the poster was one of the many released as part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations.

Congress leader P Chidambaram on Sunday hit out at the ICHR for omitting the photograph of Jawaharlal Nehru from the first digital poster to celebrate the 75th year of India’s Independence, and said the explanation given is ludicrous.

He accused the member secretary of the Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR) of bowing to hate and prejudice and asked him whether he would omit Henry Ford while celebrating the birth of the motor car or Wright brothers while celebrating the birth of aviation.

Ford was the first to invent the motor car and the Wright brothers were credited for building and flying the world’s first aircraft.

“ICHR Member-Secretary’s explanation for the omission of Jawaharlal Nehru from the first digital poster to celebrate 75 years of independence is ludicrous,” he said on Twitter.

“After bowing down to prejudice and hate, it is best the Member-Secretary shuts his mouth,” he also said.

“If he was celebrating the birth of the motor car, will he omit Henry Ford? If he was celebrating the birth of aviation, will he omit the Wright brothers? If he was celebrating Indian science, will he omit C V Raman,” Chidambaram asked in a series of tweets.

The exclusion of Nehru’s image from the poster of the ‘Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations by the ICHR has triggered a controversy with opposition parties slamming the government for it and dubbing it as “petty and atrocious”.

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