The Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi presenting the first copy of a book ‘Rashtrapati Bhavan: Raj to Swaraj’ to the President, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on December 11, 2016. The Vice President, Mr. M. Hamid Ansari is also seen.
An Attempt To Record History Of The Residents Living In The President’s Estate
New Delhi (PIB-GR-TYP-BIN): Three books on Rashtrapati Bhavan ‘Life at Rashtrapati Bhavan’; ‘Indradhanush – Volume II’ and ‘Rashtrapati Bhavan: From Raj to Swaraj’ were released at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Dec 11, by the President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President of India, Mr. Mohd. Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi respectively.
The book ‘Life at Rashtrapati Bhavan’ is an attempt to record the human history of the residents living in the President’s Estate. This documents the period under the colonial state right up to the current presidency and brings in the perspectives of past and present residents of the estate, the permanent staff of the household and secretariat, as well as the officials who have served under different presidencies. The book also documents the significance of the multiple contributions made by President Pranab Mukherjee and his team in transforming the premises of the Rashtrapati Bhavan into the ‘smart’ city that it is today, and the impact of such changes on the lives of the people here.