Manmohan Singh advises Narendra Modi against wiping out Nehru’s legacy.

Manmohan Singh, former Prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru belongs not just to the Congress but to the entire nation. No amount of revisionism can obliterate his role to the Indian freedom struggle. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, raised concerns about what he called an “agenda” to change the nature of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library in New Delhi’s Teen Murti Complex.

The Former Prime Minister’s letter came after the Government announced plans for a museum to honor all the prime ministers of India in Teen Murti complex. The Congress has vehemently opposed this move, adding that they believe it would dilute the importance of Nehru’s legacy and contribution to the Indian freedom struggle. Singh, in his letter, said that the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) was “dedicated to the memory of India’s first Prime Minister and the prime architect of the Indian nation-state, who left behind an indelible imprint on our country and indeed on the world.”Manmohan Singh, in his letter, also invoked late prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s speech in Parliament following Nehru’s death.

After Nehru’s death, Atal Bihari Vajpayee had said in Parliament, Such a resident may never grace Teen Murti again. That vibrant personality, that attitude of taking even the opposition along, that refined gentlemanliness, that greatness we may not again see in the near future. In spite of a difference of opinion, we have nothing but respect for his great ideas, his integrity, his love for the country and his indomitable courage.

Manmohan Singh added, Let us respect this sentiment and keep Teen Murti as a memorial to our first Prime Minister Pandit Nehru and leave the Teen Murti complex undisturbed as it is. This way we will be respecting both history and heritage.

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