Bangalore: Indian Politicians are well known for their heated arguments with each other. It is common for the opponent party often to criticise the ruling party for their one or many decisions. As of now, a controversial topic is catching up heat between the Uttar Pradesh’s Yogi Adityanath government and Congress’s Rahul Gandhi on its decision on Tourism Booklet.
On last weekend, the Uttar Pradesh government released a booklet on tourist places to visit in UP. Soon after the release of the booklet, a controversy erupted which stated that the brochure didn’t mention a World Heritage site, Taj Mahal in its brochure. The tourist guide included UP’s places like Naimisharanya, Allahabad, Chitrakoot, Gorakhnath Temple whose head priest is Adityanath and a host of other places but ignored Taj Mahal.
Washington post, BBC and several other media reported in its news on Tuesday that “Is India neglecting its iconic Taj Mahal because it was built by Muslims?”. It is also an important point to note that, Yogi Adityanath made a controversial statement on Taj Mahal a couple of months back stating that how Taj Mahal “does not reflect the Indian culture”.
When this news was out, the Uttar Pradesh government issued a press release denying media reports about ignoring the Taj Mahal. It stated that the government has proposed a slew of tourism projects costing Rupees 370 crores among which around half is meant for Taj Mahal and its surrounding areas in Agra.
“Tourism projects worth Rs 370 crore are proposed, under which schemes worth Rs 156 crore are meant for the Taj Mahal and its surrounding areas in Agra,” Several Politicians and common men released several statements on this issue. The Congress on Monday stated that the omission of Taj Mahal from the list is a joke as well as a tragedy.
“If it is a booklet on tourism and it excludes Taj Mahal, at one level it is a joke and at another level it is tragic. It is like saying we will have (William Shakespeare’s) ‘Hamlet’ without the Prince of Denmark,” Congress spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi told reporters in Delhi.
Singhvi said deleting Taj Mahal from the list of tourism sites is nothing but religious bias. “How can you imagine tourism in Uttar Pradesh or India without Taj Mahal, I cannot understand. If it is indeed a booklet on tourism and excludes the Taj, it shows a clear religious bias which is completely misplaced,” he said.
Even though the U.P government had clarified earlier that the booklet included projects that are being taken up to develop tourist attractions in the state, still they are receiving attacks on every side.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi also reacted on this issue and slammed U.P Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath as “andher nagari, chaupat raja” literally translated to “unjust regime of a mindless king”. He tweeted in Hindi: “Sooraj ko deepak na dikhane se uski chamak nahi ghat-ti. Aise hi raj ke liye Bhartendu ne likha tha andher nagari, chaupat raja.” Which is translated to “The brightness of the sun would not reduce if it is not shown a lamp. It is for such a government Bhartendu had written andher nagari, chaupat raja”.
Our country’s youngsters should come forward in protecting the ancient and heritage sites from such political wars.