Wah Taj No More For Yogi Adityanath, But Where Will 8 Million Tourists Go?
The controversial Yogi Minister is back in headlines. The Uttar Pradesh government has been under fire after it excluded Taj Mahal from one of the booklets published recently to boost the tourist attraction of the state. Though CM Adityanath led government has issued a clarification on its stand regarding this decision. The government claims that the booklet was only to document some of the developing projects taken up by the current government. Named 'Uttar Pradesh Paryatan-Apaar Sambhavanaayein', though the 32-page booklet does have the Ganga Aarti of Varanasi on its cover. The saffronisation of UP tourism doesn’t end there, the booklet also proudly features the Gorakhnath temple where Yogi Adityanath is the head priest.
The Taj may be a symbol of love the world over but not for Adityanath who has been against the heritage monument for a while now. In Darbhanga in June, 2017 the UP CM shocked historians in the country when he criticized the monument at a public event. "Foreign dignitaries visiting the country used to be gifted replicas of the Taj Mahal and other minarets which did not reflect Indian culture. Now foreign dignitaries are gifted copies of the Bhagvad Gita and the Ramayana when they come to India," he said.
The UNESCO declared Taj Mahal as a World Heritage Site in 1983 for being "the jewel of Muslim art in India. Built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1632, the white marble masterpiece symbolizes "love" and "beauty" and has been designated as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Taj Mahal is also one of the prime tourist spots in India, attracting around 7-8 million tourists every year. We wonder where these tourists will now go.