The Mughal museum under construction in the historic Agra city of Uttar Pradesh will be named after Maratha icon Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced on Monday. “How can our heroes be Mughals,” a government statement said, in a meeting to review the development work in the city. The leader declared that “whatever destroys the subhealth mentality” will be overcome by his government.
Yogi Adityanath – who has changed the names of several places including Allahabad (now Prayagraj) during his three years of rule – later tweeted that there was no place for symbols of “slavery mentality” in Uttar Pradesh.
“Agra’s under-construction museum will be known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. In your new Uttar Pradesh, there is no room for symbols of” slavery mentality “. Shivaji Maharaj is our hero. Jai Hind, Jai Bharat!” Tweeted.
The project was approved by the previous Akhilesh Yadav government in 2015. The facility is coming up on a six-acre plot near the Taj Mahal in the city, 210 km from the national capital, Delhi. The museum will focus on Mughal culture, artefacts, paintings, food, costumes, Mughal era-weapons and ammunition and the performing arts.
The Mughal dynasty ruled India from 1526–1540 and 1555–1857. It is credited with the construction of several monuments including the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort in Agra and Delhi.
Historians are divided on whether Mughal rulers targeted Hindus during their three-century rule.
The Maratha warrior king, 16th century Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, fought the Mughals for most of his life and is known for his military conquests.
In 2018, the Congress attacked the Yogi Adityanath government, saying it was doing with history.