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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Commemoration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Motilal Nehru

A Special Function was organized by the Union Ministry of Culture here today to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Motilal Nehru. The President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee was the Chief Guest and Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson, National Advisory Council and UPA graced the occasion in the presence of Minister of Defence Shri A.K. Antony, Minister of Finance Shri P. Chidambaram, Minister of HRD and Communications & IT Shri Kapil Sibal, Minister of Culture and HUPA Kumari Selja and Chairman of the National Implementation Committee Dr. Karan Singh.

The Finance Minister Shri P. Chidambaram released the Commemorative Coins on the occasion. A Commemorative Stamp on Shri Motilal Nehru was also released by the Communications & IT Minister Shri Kapil Sibal during the Function. President Shri Pranab Mukherjee received the first set of coins and postal stamps released at the function.
The President Shri Pranab Mukherjee in his speech recalled the role of Pt. Motilal Nehru in the national movement of India. Paying rich tributes to the great leader, he listed his achievements like his role in evolving of Public Accounts Committee.

The Chairman of the National Advisory Council and UPA Smt. Sonia Gandhi in her speech said that Pt. Motilal Nehru was committed to communal harmony and secularism and always worked above cast, sect and community. He believed that country is above the community or sect. Referring to his contribution in the national movement of India, Smt. Sonia Gandhi said that his most important achievement was ‘Nehru Report’ in 1928 where among other things Pt. Motilal Nehru talked about equal rights for men and women in the country.

The Culture Minister Kumari Selja has said that Pt. Motilal Nehru became one of the wealthiest persons of his times through his hard work. However, he soon abandoned the flourishing career to get actively involved with the national movement. She said, there were several trysts and travails in his political life starting from the Home Rule, starting the Swaraj Party and returning to the fold of Indian National Congress. He rose to head the Indian National Congress twice, at very critical junctures of the freedom struggle.

Defence Minister Shri A.K. Antony also remembered the contribution of Pt. Motilal Nehru in the National Movement.

Govt. of India has decided to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Shri Motilal Nehru. A National Committee (NC) has been constituted under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to consider policies and lay down guidelines for the appropriate commemoration and to decide on the time frame for the Commemoration-related activities. A meeting of the NC was held on 08th June, 2012, wherein various suggestions were given by the Member for the commemoration activities.

A National Implementation Committee (NIC) has also been constituted under the Chairmanship of Dr. Karan Singh, Member of Parliament to implement the decisions of the National Committee.

The first meeting of the National Implementation Committee was held on 6th August, 2012, New Delhi, in which the suggestions of the National Committee held on 8th June, 2012 were considered by the NIC. The NIC has approved proposals for programmes and projects to ensure a befitting commemoration of the multifaceted genius and his contribution in different fields who was a stalwart of the freedom struggle in more ways than one. As draftsman of the Nehru Report of 1928 he laid the foundation stone for a democratic system with adult suffrage, cultural and religious rights for all. In celebrating his memory we also rededicate ourselves to a common legacy created through a selfless public life. Various programmes and projects will be undertaken during the period 2012-13 such as digitisation of the selected works of Shri Motilal Nehru, re-publication of Nehru Report, organizing special lectures and conferences on the theme “Motilal Nehru and the making of modern India”, setting up of a Motilal Nehru Chair in the Allahabad University etc. These programmes will be implemented in association with Central Ministries, State Government and Universities / Institutions. 
Source : PIB, Sept 25, 2012

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