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Show to highlight Jawaharlal Nehru's achievements

Madhur Tankha
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Chacha Nehru: The architect of Independent India
Chacha Nehru: The architect of Independent India

Nehru Memorial Museum and Library is hosting a two-month-long exhibition at its Teen Murti House premises here to showcase former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru's contribution to independent India.

Pandit Nehru's achievements as Prime Minister and the rapid progress the country made in various fields under his astute leadership have been highlighted in the exhibition.

As a multi-media exhibition, “Nehru: The Architect of Independent India” features electronic slideshows of pictures, audio booths where visitors can listen to country's first Prime Minister's inspirational speeches. It displays material representation of the time Pandit Nehru spent in prison where he penned books acclaimed for their literary grace – “Letters from a Father to his Daughter”, “An Autobiography”, “Glimpses of World History” and “Discovery of India”.

According to NMML Director Prof. Mridula Mukherjee, an attempt has been made to make the exhibition appealing to the younger generation and not just the academic community. “We have incorporated these modern concepts because we want the exhibition to be relevant to today's generation.”

Essentially based on a wide variety of material preserved in Teen Murti House, the exhibition brings alive rare photographs with excerpts from Jawaharlal Nehru's diaries, his autobiographies and numerous other publications. It tells the story of India, as her struggle for Independence emerged, matured and finally became a reality through the life and thoughts of one of her most celebrated sons.

Stating that the basic values which Nehru espoused are as relevant in the 21 {+s} {+t} Century as they were in his lifetime, Prof. Mukherjee says his commitment to democracy, equity and the right to basic freedom for all human beings, secularism and peace still inspires those who are struggling to make the world a better place to live in. “His passionate interest in science and nature inspire everyone. He believed that rationalism and scientific temper are the necessary foundation stones on which to build a civilized world.”

The work we do at NMML, says Prof. Mukherjee, in the name of the late leader is not a sacred or religious ritual. “Through the activities of the museum, Children's Resource Centre, multi-media library, academic research and publications, exhibitions and other cultural events we want to revive interest among people in values and ideas espoused by Pandit Nehru.”

Inaugurated by Dr. Karan Singh, chairman of Executive Council of NMML, on October 1, the exhibition is on till November 30.


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