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Soon, digitalised unpublished version of Nehru's handwritten autography

on Samstag, 14 November 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

Vinod Khanal | TNN

ALLAHABAD: People across the globe would soon be able to read the unpublished handwritten autography of first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru titled 'In and out of Prison'.
The manuscript of the 16-volume exhaustive handwritten memoirs of Nehru, kept in the Allahabad Museum for last six decades, is in the process of getting digitalised. The autobiography was written in jail. 

Museum director Rajesh Purohit said, "The manuscript is in 16 volumes out of which only two volumes have been digitalised by the museum. After completing the work, it will be uploaded on the website of Union ministry of culture through which people across the world can access contents of the autobiography." The digitalisation work is expected to be completed in next two months. 

He said the former PM had traced his family lineage, freedom movement and modern history in the autobiography. "It is in the manuscript that he dwelt on himself and his family members apart from the freedom struggle. The experts claimed that the autobiography threw light on a thoughtful Nehru and why he joined the path of non-violence shown by Mahatma Gandhi. He has also mentioned why he joined Civil Disobedience Movement," added Purohit. 

Stating that the autobiography was meticulously paginated by Nehru, he said, "He worked on details by preparing index of each and every topic. It also shows some of the rare photographs of Nehru couple." 

As per museum authorities, two biographies based on Nehru, including Vinod Bhatia's 'An Autobiography-1917-47' and Sheila Dixit's 'Centenary volume of An Autobiography', were based on 'In and Out of Prison'. Thus the book in original form is yet to be published. 

He said earlier Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund (JNMF) had approached the museum to match the contents of the manuscripts with that of the 'An Autobiography'. "We found other works to be concise and lacking several details while the original work kept in museum is exhaustive," said Purohit. 

Nehru laid foundation of Museum in 1947 at Chandra Sekhar Azad Park (then Company Garden). It was opened for public in 1953. He had donated his belongings and rare objects including the autography to the museum.

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