Keeping up with his obsession of unnecessarily renaming things and places citing it as an attempt to represent Indian culture, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath has this time decided to rename a Mughal Museum being constructed near the Taj Mahal in Agra.
The foundation stone for the museum was laid back in 2015 by the previous Samajwadi Party government of Akhilesh Yadav.
“How can our heroes be Mughals,” he questioned in a meeting to review development works in the city, a government statement said. The leader declared that “anything which smacks of subservient mentality” will be done away with by his BJP government.
“Agra’s under-construction museum will be known by the name of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. In your new Uttar Pradesh, there is no space for the symbols of “the mentality of slavery”. Shivaji Maharaj is our hero. Jai Hind, Jai Bharat!” he tweeted in Hindi.
Over the years, Yogi Adityanath has renamed many places including Allahabad (now Prayagraj). Most of the places he has renamed are associated with the Mughal history and mostly he seems personally attacking the same.
However, what he needs to understand is that the time he is talking about (1526-1857) was a period of no constitution but power struggle across the globe. If Mughal’s history to him is so negative, then there were other kingdoms that ruled parts of India and fought amongst each other for power and promoting violence like Chera, Chola Pandyas, or Palas, Pratiharas, and Rashtrkuta.
Nevertheless, what they left behind is their history, their art and culture which must not be toyed with. And there is no harm in knowing the past be it of slavery or generosity like of Maurya’s. To anyone who wants to study India must be wary of both sides of the coin and such vague attempts to rename a building, that is being constructed around Taj and will most probably have Mughal artifacts, show one’s insensitivity towards a religion.
The UP government must consider not collecting tourist money they receive by ticketing trips to a number of historical Mugal buildings, including the Taj. Like why take money that probably comes from a culture that promotes slavery?