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Teen Murti expanding ambit to include all PMs, ex-PM Manmohan Singh writes to PM Modi

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The director of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library said on Monday that the NMML is expanding its ambit to include all Prime Ministers, despite a strongly worded letter written by former PM Manmohan Singh to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to leave the Jawaharlal Nehru memorial complex in Delhi “undisturbed” out of respect for history and heritage.

Shakti Sinha, Nehru Memorial director, told CNN-News18, “It is correct that NMML is expanding its ambit very specifically to focus on Prime Ministers, though even now it is not limited to Nehru. What should be appreciated is that NMML has taken up the first ever upgradation of the Museum since it was set up over 50 years ago. The coverage of Nehru would be made much more comprehensive, thematically and made interactive.”

Rs 280 crore has already been sanctioned by the central government for the construction of the museum for all prime ministers, reported CNN-News18.

The plan is to build a museum for all prime ministers in the 25-acre estate (Teen Murti Bhavan complex). This will be separate from the existing structure of the Nehru Memorial.

The Congress is vehemently opposed to setting up a museum for all former PMs in the Teen Murti Bhavan complex, saying it would dilute the legacy of India’s first PM Jawaharlal Nehru.

At the NMML’s 43rd annual general meeting, Home Minister Rajnath Singh assured that the move of opening the museum of other PMs is not an attempt to dilute the legacy of India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who was in the office for 17 years.

Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Karan Singh and Jairam Ramesh, historian Nayanjot Lahiri and economist Nitin Desai took strong objection to the idea of a museum for all former PMs of the country to be built at the Teen Murti Bhavan complex which houses the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML).

Former PM Manmohan Singh, in his letter to PM Modi last week, said “Jawaharlal Nehru belongs not just to the Congress but to the entire nation.”

Dr Singh wrote that even during the BJP stalwart Atal Behari Vajpayee’s tenure as prime minister, “there was absolutely no attempt made to change the nature and character of NMML and Teen Murti complex in any way. But sadly, that seems to be part of the agenda of the government now.”

He quoted Vajpayee’s speech in Parliament when Nehru died. “As Atal Bihari Vajpayeeji himself said in his moving speech to Parliament when Panditji passed away: ‘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 ideals, his integrity, his love for the country and his indomitable courage’.”

Singh wrote: “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.”

He wrote: “Jawaharlal Nehru belongs not just to the Congress but to the entire nation. It is in this spirit that I have written to you.”

Dr Singh said NMML is “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.”

His distinctiveness and greatness have been acknowledged even by his opponents and rivals, he wrote.

The museum, said Dr Singh, must retain its primary focus on Nehru and the freedom struggle because of his unique role having spent almost ten years in jail between the early 1920s and mid-1940s. “No amount of revisionism can obliterate that role and his contributions,” he wrote.

Responding to the letter sent by Dr Singh, Shakti Sinha, the director of NMML said, “it is not clear how exhibiting photos, speeches of other Prime Ministers would harm Nehru’s legacy.”

“What NMML has decided to do is to increase its ambit and make it a centre for information and research on Prime Ministers. NMML is a national institute focusing on contemporary India. NMML is already much more than Nehru,” said Sinha, who took over as the director of NMML after Professor Mahesh Rangarajan resigned in 2016.

Sinha had been the private secretary of former PM Vajpayee and was also part of the Prime Minister’s Officer during his tenure.

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Mukesh Ambani, son Akash Ambani and wife Shloka Mehta offer prayers at Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai

Akash and Shloka’s elder son Prithvi too accompanied his parents to the temple. Mukesh Ambani opted to keep it simple as he was seen wearing a white kurta and pyjama. Akash Ambani on the other hand chose to wear a casual green t-shirt while Shloka opted for a kurta.

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Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, elder son Akash Ambani and his wife Shloka Mehta, offered prayers at the Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai on Sunday. They visited the famous temple ahead of the important Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) IPL match that took place on Sunday evening.

Akash and Shloka’s elder son Prithvi too accompanied his parents to the temple. Mukesh Ambani opted to keep it simple as he was seen wearing a white kurta and pyjama. Akash Ambani on the other hand chose to wear a casual green t-shirt while Shloka opted for a kurta. Mukesh Ambani, Akash and Shloka had visited the same temple earlier this month too, ahead of the Mumbai Indians Vs Delhi Capitals match.

The Ambanis regularly visit the Siddhivinayak temple on important occasions. The family had visited the temple on Nita Ambani’s birthday in November last year. Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta got married in 2019. The couple welcomed their first child, Prithvi, in 2020. They have named their daughter Veda.

Last month, a grand pre-wedding party was hosted by by Mukesh and Nita Ambani for their younger son, Anant Ambani, and fiancée Radhika Merchant, in Gujarat’s Jamnagar. The party was attended by Bollywood celebrities, industrialists, tech tycoons and other VIPs from all over the world. B-Town celebrities who attended the pre-wedding festivities were Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, Rani Mukherji, Aditya Roy Kapur, Ananya Panday, Ibrahim Ali Khan, Sara Ali Khan, Anil Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Kiara Advani, Sidharth Malhotra, Aamir Khan, Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates too participated in the celebrations. The other guests included were Chairperson of World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab, Former Prime Minister Of Australia Kevin Rudd, Jorge Quiroga, former President of Bolivia, President of Google Donald Harrison, former Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper, former Prime Minister of Sweden Carl Bildt.

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Rahul Gandhi’s helicopter searched by election officials in Tamil Nadu, ahead of Wayanad visit

Election officials in Tamil Nadu’s Nilgiris checked a helicopter carrying Rahul Gandhi while he was travelling to Wayanad.

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Election officials in Tamil Nadu’s Nilgiris on Monday inspected a chopper carrying Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, according to reports. The chopper landed in the Nilgiris, and the search was carried out by the flying squad officials, according to police.

The incident happened as Rahul Gandhi was traveling to Wayanad, his Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala, where he was scheduled to participate in a number of campaign events, such as a roadshow and a public meeting.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Rahul Gandhi was elected from Wayanad.He is now contesting for reelection to the seat.

Meanwhile, in view of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi stepped up his campaign in Kerala by planning a significant roadshow at Sulthan Bathery. After touching base with students at a nearby college in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu, which borders Kerala, Rahul Gandhi drove to Sulthan Bathery.

Gandhi walked through Sulthan Bathery on top of an open car with hundreds of delighted people holding signs with his picture on them. Rahul Gandhi is also scheduled to attend a farmers’ rally in Pulpally later in the day. He will also be meeting party workers at road shows in Mananthavady, Vellamunda, and Padinjarathara.

It’s interesting to note that the Communist Party of India (CPI), an ally of the Opposition INDIA alliance, would be Rahul Gandhi’s opponent. His rival in the BJP’s Kerala unit president K Surendran.

Kerala, which has 20 Lok Sabha seats, will hold a single phase of voting on April 26. On the other hand, on April 19, 39 Tamil Nadu constituencies will hold Lok Sabha elections.

The results of the voting will be announced on June 4, 2024.

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IPL 2024: Shah Rukh Khan wins hearts as he cleans up the sitting area at Eden Gardens, video goes viral

A video circulating on social media shows Shah Rukh Khan picking up discarded KKR flags off seats and the floor of the VIP section. He picks up a few of them and hands it to his bodyguard.

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Shah Rukh Khan always takes the limelight whenever he attends an Indian Premiere League (IPL) match. The Bollywood actor and Kolkata Knight Riders owner was at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens stadium to cheer for his team. But a sweet post-match gesture by him is now being shared online.

A video circulating on social media shows Shah Rukh Khan picking up discarded KKR flags off seats and the floor of the VIP section. He picks up a few of them and hands it to his bodyguard. Fans can be heard screaming his name, asking him to wave at them. After cleaning up the area, Shah Rukh Khan turns around and gives his fans a flying kiss.

Also after the match, Shah Rukh Khan met a few players and fans on the cricket field. He wore a purple KKR T-shirt and black pants. He also tied his hair in a messy manner. The video has gone viral on social media with 104900 views, 190 retweets and 1100 likes till now which are only increasing. One X user Kalpana Bansal wrote niji Zindagi mein aise hi hai SRK King Khan down to earth and shy.

Shah Rukh Khan’s daughter Suhana Khan and younger son AbRam were also seen at the match. Suhana’s BFF Ananya Panday also accompanied the Khans. Both the young actors shared photos and videos from the match on social media. Suhana Khan took to her Instagram handle, and shared her joy and posted multiple happy images from the stands.

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The photo album starts with a couple of pretty images of her followed by a video in which she lost her breath thinking a wicket dropped on the ground. She also shared a photo with Dream Girl 2 actress Ananya Panday who joined the Khans to support the team. Sharing the photo album, she wrote, winning at home.

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