On Monday, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath announced that the Mughal museum in Agra should be renamed after Maratha icon Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. As per government statements, Adityanath questioned in a meeting to review development works in Agra,” How can our heroes be Mughals’.
Yogi Adityanath has renamed various places in his ruling of three years. He has even replaced the name Allahabad with Prayagraj. He later tweeted that in Uttar Pradesh is not a place for the symbols showing slavery mentality.
“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.
In 2015, approval for the Mughal museum project was granted by the previous Samajwadi Party government of Akhilesh Yadav. The museum is to be completed near the Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal was built by Shahjahan a Mughal emperor, in the city 210 km from Delhi.
The focus of the museum will be on Mugal culture, paintings, artefacts, costumes, cuisines, Mughal era-arms, paintings, and performing arts.
India was ruled by Mughal dynasty from 1526-1540 and 1555-1857. The dynasty is appreciated for building many buildings and monuments in Delhi and Agra which also include the Red Fort and the Taj Mahal.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj fought Mughals most of his life. He was the Maratha warrior king of the 16th century. He is also known for his military conquests.
The opposition Congress has often attacked the Yogi Adityanath government saying it is toying with history without focusing on governance and development.
Meanwhile, Agra Development Foundation has distanced itself from the renaming controversy but has demanded that the museum should be capable of drawing the attention of tourists.