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PM Nehru Gifted Silver Icon of Shiva, Necklace, his Book for Elizabeth-Philip Wedding

June 26, 2019 06:10 AM

COURTESY ET JUNE 26

ARCHIVES OF GOVERNMENT OF INDIA, DATING BACK TO 1947, MADE PUBLIC
PM Nehru Gifted Silver Icon of Shiva, Necklace, his Book for Elizabeth-Philip Wedding
Govt issued a lot of ‘unofficial notes’. One of them, issued on Aug 10, 1947, said all articles posted at larger post offices from Aug 15 onwards will carry a date stamp with the words ‘Jai Hind’
This resolution, sir, is in simple language...there is no glow or warmth in the words that I have read. Yet I am sure that many in the House will feel the glow and warmth I feel at the present moment: Nehru while moving resolution on National Flag in Constituent Assembly on July 22
Aman.Sharma@timesgroup.com

New Delhi:

In December 1947, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru got replies from Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip thanking him for sending gifts on their wedding, including a copy of his book, ‘The Discovery of India’, an “unusually charming necklace” and a silver icon of God Shiva. “This is indeed an acceptable wedding present,” Elizabeth wrote to Nehru.


Nuggets like these have emerged from the archives made public by the Press Information Bureau, dating back to 1947, of all communiqués issued by the information wing on behalf of the then PMO and other ministries.

It also includes a press release of Nehru’s entire speech while moving the resolution on the National Flag in the Constituent Assembly on July 22, 1947, in which he described how the flag will be. “This resolution, sir, is in simple language, in a slightly technical language, and there is no glow or warmth in the words that I have read. Yet I am sure that many in the House will feel the glow and warmth I feel at the present moment,” Nehru said, as per the long speech. He said “some people had misunderstood its significance and thought of it in communal terms and believe that some part of it represents this community or that.” When this flag was devised, there was no communal significance attached to it, we thought of a design for a flag which was beautiful, Nehru had then said.

The archives also bring to light that a single-line press release was issued on August 23, 1947, to announce Sardar Patel “will be the Deputy Prime Minister of India.” Another press release issued on August 2, 1947, declaring August 15 and 16 that year as a holiday had two corrections marked in pen. The government then also issued lots of “unofficial notes”, the archives show.

One such unofficial note issued on August 10, 1947, said all articles posted at larger post offices in India from August 15 onwards will carry a date stamp with the words ‘Jai Hind’. Another such note issued for preparation of the flag-hoisting ceremony that year had specified parking for tongas that people would use to reach the central vista of India gate. “No tongas will be allowed into Princes Palace,” the release said.

 

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