Days after the Taj Mahal was kept out of the Tourism booklet issued by the Yogi Adityanath government, Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary, a cabinet minister of Uttar Pradesh deemed the miss out as “right”, further saying that the wonder of the world “should instead be replaced with the Guru Gorakhnath Peeth."
Chaudhary adds in on the divisive issue, saying that the BJP government in the state of Uttar Pradesh was “rashtravadi (nationalist)” and that it functions on “dharm niti (religious policy).”
As reported by the Times of India yesterday, Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary, who heads the culture, religious affairs, and minority welfare, expressed his thoughts on the Taj Mahal issue at an event organized by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in Hathras.
"Taj Mahal is not the symbol of any religion and (it is) nobody's. It does not represent any religion," he said. "On the other hand, Gorakhnath Peeth represents people's faith."
As per the TOI report, Chaudhary said, "Those who included the monument in that list must have been of a similar taste (mizaz) as those who built it," when he was told that the Taj Mahal is a UNESCO heritage.
The UP government has issued a booklet "Uttar Pradesh Tourism: Its High Potential," in September. The booklet did not include this wonder of the world. When criticized, the government justified by saying that the booklet was not a brochure of the UP tourism places but that it was simply a compilation of the ongoing and future projects in the tourism sector.
"The government, with the help of the World Bank has proposed projects worth Rs 370 crore, of which projects worth Rs 156 crore are meant for development of the Taj Mahal and Taj Mahal region," the UP Information Department said in a press release.
Former Congress Party leader and tourism minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi who joined BJP previous to the Assembly elections, said: "How can anyone in the tourism sector ignore the Taj Mahal, one of the big tourist attractions in the country?"
It is to be noted that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is not an admirer of the mausoleum monument which is a symbol of love as it did not reflect Indian culture.
He, earlier in June, stated, "Foreign dignitaries visiting the country used to be gifted replicas of the Taj Mahal and other minarets which did not reflect Indian culture," he said.
The Modi government in August approved the UP government’s application to rename the Mughalsarai railway station.
Information source: huffingtonpost