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Lucknow, Oct 18: Days after all hullabaloo around Taj Mahal and its Mughal connection, the Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday released an official calendar featuring the monument along with the pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The development comes after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Sangeet Som sparked a huge controversy by calling Taj Mahal a blot on the Indian culture.
A heritage calendar is released by the Uttar Pradesh government’s Information and Public Relations Department, which includes a photograph of Taj Mahal along with PM Modi and CM Yogi on the page of July. The calendar further highlights the development of the schemes related to it.
The state government’s heritage calendar also includes Gorakhnath Temple of Gorakhpur, Kashi Vishwanath Temple of Banaras, Holi of the Barsana of Mathura, Krishna birthplace, Jhansi Fort, Sarnath, Ram Ki Paudi in Ayodhya, Triveni Sangam of Allahabad and Gurudwara of Pilibhit.
Earlier, the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, was not included in the booklet released to mark six months of the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh. The booklet, which was released by UP Tourism Minister Rita Bahuguna to promote tourist spots in the state, made no mention of Taj Mahal. In June this year, Taj Mahal – a Unesco World Heritage Site – was not included in the list of heritages that will be preserved by the Uttar Pradesh government.
Sangeet Som courted controversy, stating that the iconic Taj Mahal was built by traitors and hence, cannot be included in the Indian history. “Many people were disappointed that the Taj Mahal was removed from the Uttar Pradesh tourism booklet. What history are we talking about? The creator of Taj Mahal (Shahjehan) imprisoned his father. He wanted to wipe out Hindus. If these people are part of our history, then it is very sad and we will change this history,” he said while addressing a gathering at the Sisoli village in Meerut district.
Following media reports, the state government had issued a press release stating, “Tourism projects worth Rs 370 crore are proposed, under which schemes worth Rs 156 crore for development of parks and various facilities are meant for the Taj Mahal and its surrounding areas in Agra.”
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was also prompt in clearing the air by stating, “It is immaterial as to who and how Taj Mahal was built…it was made by the saputs (sons) of Bharat Mata through their khoon and pasina…it is famous the world over for its architecture…is a historical monument and its protection and further development for tourism is the responsibility of the government.”