Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has renamed the under-construction Mughal museum in Agra after Maratha warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji “to invoke a feeling of nationalism and self-esteem.” During a review meeting of developmental projects being undertaken in the Agra division, he asked ‘how can Mughals be our heroes?’ and proceeded with the change in name.
“Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced to name the under-construction Mughal Museum in Agra after Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. He made it clear that his government always nurtured the nationalist ideology and anything which smacks of subservient mentality will be done away with,” a government spokesperson said.
The museum, designed by UK based firm – David Chipperfield Architects and Studio Archohm, is coming up on an area of 2.5 hectares near the eastern gate of the Taj Mahal. It will be housing an exhibition space, a resource centre, and stores. Mughal-era artifacts, weaponry, armour, costumes and currency are expected to be part of the exhibits. The museum is expected to draw 8 million tourists a year.
The Chief Minister also took stock of projects worth over Rs 10 crore in Agra division, comprising Agra, Firozabad, Mainpuri and Mathura districts in the review meeting.