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Mahesh Rangarajan

I am happy to welcome you to our website. The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) is the national memorial to Jawaharlal Nehru and was established as an autonomous institution in the year 1966 by the Government of India. The NMML has grown significantly in size and content during more than forty-five years of its existence. It is our constant endeavour to sustain the pre-eminent stature of the NMML and to further enhance by meeting the challenges of the changing times.

Let me give you a glimpse of our Institution. The Nehru Archives which started with the nucleus of the Nehru Papers has now more than 1000 collections of private papers of eminent Indian personalities and institutions. These include Mahatma Gandhi, Motilal Nehru, Govind Ballabh Pant, C. Rajagopalachari, Acharya J.B. Kripalani, M.S. Golwalkar, V.D. Savarkar, Jayaprakash Narayan, P.N. Haksar, Rammanohar Lohia and Madhu Limaye. Likewise, the Oral History Archives which was started as a pioneering attempt in 1969 has now recorded more than 1500 personalities. This includes interviews with over 500 freedom fighters, more than 100 key foreign policy personnel and a project now underway on the economic reforms of 1991.

The NMML Library has also grown in leaps and bounds and has a collection of more than three hundred thousand books and a good number of periodicals. A number of new initiatives have been launched over a period of time and the Fellowship Programme remains as the pride of the Institution. The Nehru Planetarium, the only Planetarium in the capital city, was taken over by the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library in 2005. The Nehru Museum even after forty-eight years of Jawaharlal Nehru’s death continues to attract people from all over India and from all walks of life.

The NMML is now the leading institution in India devoted to advanced research in modern and contemporary Indian history and society. During the last two years, the NMML has become a place for serious academic discussions with a host of seminars and lectures. In 2012, we had 27 public lectures, 40 Tuesday Seminars and 17 Conferences/Workshops. In the current year already about 270 scholars have spoken on various subjects in the NMML academic programmes. We were able to revive the Institution as an intellectual hub for senior scholars, students and citizens.

The Museum and Library are also historic buildings in their own right. Prior to August 1948 when it became the Prime Minister’s residence (due to security concerns after Gandhiji’s tragic assassination on 30th January, 1948) the former building was the residence of the Commander-in-Chief. A Baker building completed in 1928, the Teen Murti House is slated for careful renovation and up-gradation. The Library building was completed in 1974 and it is a quiet retreat for scholars and students and a hub of intellectual debate. Our grounds also include a 14th century Shikargah or hunting lodge of Firuz Shah Tughlaq.

We assure you to make constant efforts to provide you through this website the maximum information on our archival resources, microfilm collections, Library collections, our academic activities and on the functioning of the different divisions of the NMML.

We welcome your suggestions which would help us to improve and upgrade our facilities.


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Mahesh Rangarajan

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