May 18, 2022
Modi to inaugurate Prime Ministers’ museum today

Modi to inaugurate Prime Ministers’ museum today

PM Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Prime Ministers’ museum on Thursday, unveiling a rich new look into India’s history through the life and work of the country’s premiers, which will be showcased with technologies such as holograms, augmented reality, kinetic sculptures and interactive kiosks and screens.

People aware of the planning for the unveiling said among the artefacts to be featured are former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shatri’s Fiat car that he purchased for his family soon after taking office in 1964 and a digital feature on the country’s first PM, Jawaharlal Nehru.

It will capture events from India’s freedom struggle and the making of the Constitution, one of these persons said, asking not to be named. “The sangrahalaya (museum) goes on to tell the story of how our Prime Ministers navigated the nation through various challenges and ensured the all-round progress of the country,” this person added.

All former Prime Ministers and their families have been invited to attend the ceremony. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s office regretted that they won’t be able to attend due to health reasons, the person quoted above added.

The Teen Murti Bhavan has been repurposed as the Prime Ministers’ Museum and after its inauguration on April 14, it will be opened to the public on April 21. Prime Minister Modi will unveil the museum on the occasion of the birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar and as part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations.

“The Sangrahalaya, being inaugurated as part of Azadi ka #AmritMahotsav celebrations, showcases the story of India after Independence through the lives and contributions of its PM’s. Spread across 15,600 sq mtrs, the Sangrahalaya has 43 galleries & has displays on freedom struggle and framing of the Constitution. This Sangrahalaya goes on to tell the stories of how our PMs navigated the nation through various challenges &ensured all-round progress of our nation,” Union minister G Kisan Reddy said in a tweet.

The new museum has a logo that shows hands of the people of India holding up a chakra, which symbolises the nation and its vibrant democracy. It will capture events from India’s freedom struggle and the making of the Constitution.

The museum recognises the “contribution of all Prime Ministers irrespective of their ideology or tenure in office”, officials told HT last week.

Nehru Memorial director Nripendra Mishra on Wednesday told news agency ANI that the “Pradhanmantri Sangrahalaya shows PM Nehru’s role as institution builder”. He added that the PM played a big role in building the democratic institutions in the country and believed in all institutions and conventions. “It (the museum) will become a think tank in a way. I think it is a house of democracy,” he said.

One of the officials said that the team from the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library have been in touch with officials from the Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial to acquire items that belonged to the late PM.

Other objects expected to on display belonging to Shastri include his chakra, that the person mentioned said, which he received as dowry, a vase that he gifted in Tashkent and his badminton racket. “He was an avid badminton player,” the person said. The museum has also digitised several photographs and created a compendium of person anecdotes, the person added.

Taking to Twitter, the prime minister said, “At 11 AM tomorrow, April 14, the Pradhanmantri Sangrahalaya will be inaugurated which will showcase the contributions of all our PMs. This programme is taking place when India is marking Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.”

PM Modi also urged everyone to visit the museum. “I would urge everyone to visit the museum,” he added in his tweet. 

According to a press release by the Prime Minister`s Office (PMO), “Guided by the vision of PM Modi to honour the contribution of all the Prime Ministers of India towards nation-building, the Pradhanmantri Sangrahalaya is a tribute to every Prime Minister of India since Independence, irrespective of their ideology or tenure in office.”

The release also stated that the Sangrahalaya is an inclusive endeavour led by PM Modi, aimed at sensitizing and inspiring the younger generation about the leadership, vision and achievements of all Indian Prime Ministers.

“Representing a seamless blend of the old and the new, the Sangrahalaya integrates the erstwhile Teen Murti Bhawan designated as Block I, with the newly constructed building designated as Block II. The total area of the two blocks is over 15,600 square metres,” PMO said.

Here are the key details about the Pradhanmantri Sangrahalaya: 

– Being built on a 10,000-square metre piece of land adjacent to the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library in Teen Murti Bhavan, the museum will have exhibits related to the former prime ministers.

– The museum which is coming up at a cost of ₹271 crore was approved in 2018. There are a total of 43 galleries in the Sangrahalaya.

– The design of the museum building is inspired by the story of rising India, shaped and moulded by the hands of its leaders. 

– The design incorporates sustainable and energy conservation practices. No tree has been felled or transplanted during the course of work on the project. 

– The Pradhan Mantri Sangrahalaya will be inaugurated on April 14, the day of the birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar (the chief architect of the Indian constitution. “The date has been specially chosen because the prime ministers have worked following our Constitution,” a source in the saffron party told PTI.

– The logo of the Sangrahalaya represents the hands of the people of India holding the Dharma Chakra symbolizing the nation and democracy.

– The information for the museum was collected through resources/repositories with institutions such as Prasar Bharati, Doordarshan, Films Division, Sansad TV, Ministry of Defence, Media Houses (Indian and foreign), Foreign News Agencies etc, said PMO in a release. 

– The Sangrahalaya has employed cutting-edge technology-based interfaces to encompass heterogeneity in content and frequent rotation of the display.

– Holograms, Virtual reality, augmented reality, multi-touch, multimedia, interactive kiosks, computerized kinetic sculptures, smartphone applications, interactive screens, experiential installations etc. enable the exhibition content to become highly interactive and engaging, the release stated.

– Starting from displays on the freedom struggle and the framing of the Constitution, the Sangrahalaya goes on to tell the story of how our Prime Ministers navigated the nation through various challenges and ensured the all-round progress of the country. 

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